give (someone) the business

(redirected from give us the business)

give (someone) the business

1. To subject someone to harsh treatment, teasing, mockery, or verbal harassment. The older players on the team are always giving younger players the business. Protesters gave the defendant the business as he left the court today.
2. To severely scold, punish, or rebuke someone. I know my boss is going to give me the business when she finds out I lost our most lucrative account. Jimmy's parents gave him the business after he broke the living room lamp.
See also: business, give
References in periodicals archive ?
Now, my parents want to give us the business equally," she told Diamond.
While financial considerations may give us the business rationale for using these systems, as clinicians we must never lose site of the fact that we must always endeavor to do a better job of caring for our patients.
Bethesda, Maryland, counseled his peers to "make sure the new [technology] world we're setting up will actually give us the business results we want.
I was convinced that if I had an opportunity to present a story to a client about their product or service, then they would have to give us the business.
Advanced Health is truly a partner of choice who will give us the business guidance we require without comprising our autonomy.
The telecommunication system must not only be reliable, but give us the business functionality a company like ours requires and which our customers expect.