a piece of (one's) mind

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a piece of (one's) mind

One's true thoughts or feelings about something, especially angry or frustrated criticism. Boy, the boss really gave me a piece of his mind during my performance review. This has to have been the worst service I've ever had a restaurant. I'm going to let the waiter have a piece of my mind!
See also: mind, of, piece
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

piece of one's mind

Frank and severe criticism, censure, as in Chuck was furious and gave him a piece of his mind. The word piece here is used in the sense of "portion," but the portion of the mind alluded to always has a negative opinion. [Second half of 1500s]
See also: mind, of, piece
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.

a piece of (one's) mind

Frank and severe criticism; censure.
See also: mind, of, piece
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Then he give us a piece of his mind, but it didn't do no good.
A very excited officer yelled at them through a speaking- trumpet, and she lay and lollopped helplessly on the water while Disko ran the "We're Here" under her lee and gave the skipper a piece of his mind. "Where might ye be - eh?
At Beit Jin he gave his whole band of Arab muleteers a piece of his mind, and then--
Dobbin's stammering, blushing, and awkwardness added to the other's convictions that he had a rogue to deal with, and in a majestic tone he told that officer a piece of his mind, as he called it, simply stating his belief that the Major was unlawfully detaining his late son-in-law's money.
Ken is horrified by the noise and gives Ed - who is doing the work himself - a piece of his mind, assuming he's the builder rather than his new neighbour.
BY ROB COLE NEIL WARNOCK is set to give the new Iceland boss a piece of his mind as he gets involved in another 'Club v Country' row.
Jason Perkins chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds while Abueva contributed 13 and 11-and a piece of his mind on Phoenix's hot start.
Based on the attitude of his paintings, I was anticipating a grumpy 81-year-old hell-raiser ready to give everyone a piece of his mind. But after only a few minutes in the car, I realized I'd have to throw this caricature away.
LAHORE -- Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's Information Secretary Shafqat Mehmood gave the federal Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar a piece of his mind during a press conference in Lahore as he professed that the federal minister played facilitator role in looting.
Outraged Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir confronted the tout outside his business base to give him a piece of his mind.
However, she's supposed to be with David, above, for his mediation over Max, and when she gets home late, the irate hairdresser gives her a piece of his mind.
McGinley is desperate to give Big Sam a piece of his mind after the Hammers boss splashed out a club record PS15million on Andy Carroll.
Building a well-deserved reputation as a no-holds-barred, shoot-from-the-hip, tell-it-like-it-is comedian, Black is certainly a man who's always willing to give you a piece of his mind and shove it straight down your throat.
After interrogating Anita, he marches to Colin's house to give him a piece of his mind. How can he do this to Meic, who's been such a good friend since he moved to Cwmderi?
In what was clearly supposed to be a putdown, he phoned the reporter and gave her a piece of his mind saying her approach was more suited to tabloids than the national broadcaster.