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give (one) the devil

To scold one harshly or severely. If I get home past curfew again, my parents are really going to give me the devil!
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And the lady, to give the devil his due, is a very good sort of lady, and loves the cloth, and is always desirous to do strict justice to it; for she hath begged off many a poor soldier, and, by her good-will, would never have any of them punished.
God will respect his profession, and not give the devil the wicked delight of sending him a priest." A shout of laughter followed this brutal jest.
She said that she knew I was much too simple a girl to give the devil a hold on me.
I must say, to give the devil his due, that there is something rather fine in that.
One should give the devil his due, and the Russians let themselves be cut in pieces just like Frenchmen; they did not give way, and we made no advance.
To give the devil his due, Nawaz returned back to face courts and undergo imprisonment.
If debutant director Neeraj Pathak still manages to give you a gripping story by way of Right Yaa Wrong, give the devil his due.
To give the devil his due, so to speak, there is a sense in which a broad spectrum of Catholics, Protestants, Jews, and others share many moderate to progressive humanistic values--and that, of course, drives people like LaHaye up the wall.
To give the devil his due, the book is some help--it's better than nothing.
Chesterton, Father Neuhaus always seems to give the devil his due.
To give the devil his due or at least to give the devil's favourite book it's due it does have a few good points -- for example everything is made very easy to find thanks to the large and extensive contents and index sections -- but this doesn't even slightly make up for all of the bad points that pull the book down to irretrievable depths.
Sure, we encourage one another to "turn the other cheek" (Jesus), but so do we "give the devil his due" (Shakespeare).