give (one) something to think about

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give (one) something to think about

To act in a way that reveals anger toward one, perhaps by threatening or talking harshly to one. Did he really steal my porch furniture? Oh, I'm going to give that guy give something to think about!
See also: give, something, think

give somebody something to ˈthink about

(informal) do or say something to somebody which shows how angry or determined you are: This letter will give him something to think about.
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They can show the manager and the fans what they can do at the highest level and give them something to think about.
"Every Friday at the end of the day I try to show the kids a motivational clip, just to give them something to think about. One of the jobs of a teacher is to light a little spark of imagination in the kids.
"If we can get a win at St Mirren today then it is bound to put pressure on Hibs and give them something to think about."
"It certainly seemed to give them something to think about and I was given a very positive response by the students."
Several visits to families dependent on home care services would give them something to think about and to realise that 15 minutes to help wash, dress and toilet an elderly, infirm person is totally inadequate.
"But we will try to give them something to think about. If we win, Hearts would still be in the driving seat.
SUCH is FIFA's shambolic performance over the proposed abolition of the transfer system, that the powerful European game should really give them something to think about. UEFA should resign from FIFA, leave them to it, let them get on with a World Cup without France, Italy, Holland, Germany and England.
"We wanted to give them something to think about before we play them in the league next week and I think we did that."
"It will give them something to think about. Everyone loves a compliment.
"It's up to us to give them something to think about tomorrow.
"But Fulham have quality players and will attack, so we will give them something to think about."
"Now we have the advantage of bringing Coventry to our place so it's up to us to give them something to think about. It's a chance for us to get the Villa nightmare out of our system and lift morale.