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give hell to

To give someone a hard time by means of aggressive actions or attitude. I'd avoid the boss today—he's giving hell to everyone.
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Hence the loud, indignant insistence on 'sovereignty', said an experienced lawyer to his young apprentice, 'If you are weak in law, stress the facts; if you are weak in facts, stress the law; but if you are weak in both facts and law, give them hell!' The way India has been giving hell to all its critics would please that lawyer.'
Little rages which consist mainly of berating the guys at repair service, and giving hell to the innocent tele-marketers when they come a-calling.
With Villonco and now Taus' Lavinia alternately giving hell to Cuenco's Dorina, there's double the reason to catch the show and bask once again in the starlight of Bituing Walang Ningning: The Musical.
He said that KCR was talking of paradise but giving hell to the people.
"I look forward to Archie Knox giving hell to those who haven't been performing on the park."
And criminals like the Ozarks bumpkin Charles Arthur Floyd and the Indiana farm boy John Dillinger were viewed with ambivalence by Depression-ravaged folks who figured that if they were giving hell to the bankers who foreclosed on homes and land, they couldn't be all bad.
Humbled by his lay-off he may be, but you just know it won't be long before the 21-year-old is back giving hell to opponents with his patter.