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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But the days when whips could control MPs by giving them grief in a Commons corridor have gone.
The police do an absolutely wonderful job under very difficult circumstances and it's time the public appreciated and helped them instead of giving them grief. Well done you lot!
I THOUGHT it would make a change to your readers to learn of an occasion when a group of youngsters gave much pleasure to members of the public,instead of giving them grief.
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