give (one) grief

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give (one) grief

To criticize or tease someone. Once my brother hears that I hit a parked car, he'll give me grief about it for years to come. I'm pretty sure that Kevin likes Katie, so I keep giving him grief about it.
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give someone grief

be a nuisance to someone. informal
1998 Times One of the passengers who'd been giving the cabin crew grief started yelling, ‘We've had a near miss.’
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give somebody ˈgrief (about/over something)

(informal) be annoyed with somebody and criticize their behaviour: Stop giving me grief and let me finish this!
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He just reacted to the situation as he saw it - a lippy teenager giving grief to the ticket inspector.
It's the Glorious Twelfth, the day the shootin' starts, so the royals will be out on the moors giving grief to the grouse.
Among the topics are how the church managed before there was ethics; embodied discipleship and masculinity; authority and obedience; giving grief to management; globalization and power; and wealth, property, and theft.
This gift has been giving grief, anger, frustration and an overall realisation of what the occupation is all about.
The corporate cost of time lost to bereavement leave is likely to increase, but the personal price of not giving grief its due is far greater.
For years Alex Best has watched her old man (and by God he looks old these days) peeing his life away and the only time he wasn't giving grief was when he was at death's door.
We have gangs of yobs giving grief to all that cross their path.