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give (one) both barrels

To scold or judge one with extreme force or vigor. The phrase refers to the barrels of a gun. You have to know that she's going to give us both barrels if we fire her, so just be prepared. The team looked a bit lackluster in their first game, but they've given us both barrels tonight.
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give someone both barrels

INFORMAL
If you give someone both barrels, you criticize them fiercely and with force. She was angry and gave him both barrels. Note: You can also attack or criticize someone with both barrels. Let him have it with both barrels and then get out of the situation while you can. Note: This expression refers to the firing of both barrels of a double-barrelled gun.
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