give (someone) the business

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give (someone) the business

1. slang 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. slang 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.
3. slang To kill someone. The boss told Ray to give the informant the business.
See also: business, give

give someone the business

1. tv. to harass someone; to scold someone. The guys have been giving me the business about my haircut.
2. tv. to kill someone. (Underworld.) Lefty wanted to give Rocko the business for being so damn perfect.
See also: business, give, someone
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With the new situation and the happenings in Lebanon during these last two months, the year 2018 doesn't give us the business clarity that we wish to have in order to plan accordingly.
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.
It is the companies we service that give us the business, but too often we fail to realize that it's the assistants, the secretaries or the associates who bring in the orders.
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.
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.