give (one) hell

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give (one) hell

1. To give someone a hard time by means of aggressive actions or attitude. I'd avoid the boss today—he's already given me hell.
2. To scold or reprimand someone, often severely. Mom will give you hell if you come home after curfew yet again.
3. To produce or present problems or challenges for one. This discrepancy in the budget is really giving me hell—I still haven't figured it out.
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give them hell

An exclamation of encouragement for someone who is about to participate in something, often a competition, that is intended to motivate them to give their maximum effort in order to defeat their opponent ("them") or achieve success within that arena. "Them" is often shortened to "'em" or "em." Good luck out there, Dara! Give them hell! A: "I just don't know if I'm cut out for college." B: "Nonsense! You're gonna give 'em hell!"
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give someone hell

Also, give someone the devil. Scold someone harshly. For example, The boss gave them hell for not finishing in time, or Mom will give her the devil if she doesn't get home soon. Also see give it to, def. 1.
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give someone hell

1. If someone gives you hell, they make your life very unpleasant by behaving badly towards you. She gets teased at school. The children give her hell, particularly the older boys. Their younger son gives them hell.
2. If someone gives you hell, they shout at you or speak to you angrily because you have done something wrong. I got home three hours late and my mum gave me hell.
3. If a part of your body is giving you hell, it is very painful. My back's been giving me hell.
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give someone (or get) hell

reprimand someone (or be reprimanded) severely. informal
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give somebody ˈhell

(informal)
1 make life unpleasant for somebody: Her back is giving her hell at the moment; she’s in constant pain.
2 shout at or speak angrily to somebody because they have done something wrong: His mother gave him hell for coming home so late.
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give someone hell

1. tv. to bawl someone out; to scold someone severely. (Use caution with hell.) The boss just gave me hell about it.
2. tv. to trouble someone. (Use caution with hell.) This problem is giving us hell at the office.
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In keeping with Rafa Benitez's turbulent campaign, Liverpool were given one hell of a scare by Championship strugglers Reading before Captain Marvel Steven Gerrard came to their rescue yet again.
As a result of this he was taken outside and given one hell of a hiding.
They were still given one hell of a scare after Shane Williams' had his pass picked off and ran back 80 metres by Corne Uys five minutes from time.
England are under real pressure, with coach Martin Johnson likely to be given one hell of a rough ride by the critics if they don't improve.
Willclare remain in touch with Alliance One leaders David Lloyd - but were given one hell of a game by bottom side APS Elite.
Clyde were given one hell of a game but took the points thanks to Aaron Conway and Scott Wilson's first goals for the club.
Amoruso was certainly a colossus at the heart of a Rangers defence which was given one hell of a pounding here in Parma.
But Coventry were far from a fourth-from-bottom side on Saturday and Vialli's men were given one hell of a game.
Rangers were also given one hell of a fright, so I think that proves that perhaps the gap is getting smaller between the two nations.