give (one) an earful

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give (one) an earful

1. To give one a lengthy reprimand or lecture. My mom gave me an earful once she heard about my speeding ticket. I gave that kid an earful after he dented my car.
2. To divulge secrets to one. Tim gave me an earful about his relationship this afternoon, and it doesn't sound good. I think he's going to break up with Mark.
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And when they don't like something you've done or written, they send back the reply slip with a comment written by a shaky hand, or call your toll-free number and give you an earful.
Ask experts and good-government groups about the decline of the FEC, and they'll inevitably give you an earful about the Freedom's Watch controversy.
Should you wish to voice your doubts about this at New Douglas Park, the barmy DJ might well give you an earful of Joe Dolce's Shaddap You Face.
While he has an office full of hunting trophies and a drawer full of guns, he'll give you an earful about the shortcomings of President Bush with little provocation.
Tune in at any one of 24 buildings and a 90-second vignette (including one about John Wayne) will give you an earful of the building's past.
New York Times pop music critics Jon Pareles, Ann Powers, Ben Ratliff, and Neil Strauss give you an earful on the virtues of Voodoo, the greatness of Grammar, and other top CDs worth a listen.
BRING UP TWO PARTICULAR issues on the November ballot, and I'm prepared to give you an earful of thoughts.
If you bring people to visit her you can rise her and when she's in good form she can give you an earful.