give (one) a thick ear

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give (one) a thick ear

To discipline one, typically a child, by hitting them. Primarily heard in UK. Mom will give me a thick ear if she finds out that I broke her antique vase.
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give someone (or get) a thick ear

punish someone (or be punished) with a blow, especially on the ear. British informal
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give somebody/get a thick ˈear

(British English, informal) hit somebody/be hit on the side of the head, as a punishment: If you don’t behave yourself you’ll get a thick ear.
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