have a word with (one)

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have a word with (one)

To talk with one, perhaps to issue a warning or reprimand. A: "Aunt Karen let me have ice cream for dinner!" B: "Is that so? Karen, may I have a word with you?" I just had a word with Stu and he said he'll join us tonight.
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have a word with

Speak with, discuss with, as in Jerry asked to have a word with you, or I must have a word with Bill about the repairs. This expression, from the late 1400s, was at one time used interchangeably with have words with, but it no longer is.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

have a ˈword (with somebody) (about something)

have a short conversation about something, especially in private: Can I have a word, Marie? It’s about Jane.
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have a word with

To have a brief conversation with (someone); speak to.
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