piece of one's mind, (to give someone) a

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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

piece of one's mind, (to give someone) a

To express one’s disapproval quite plainly; to give one’s candid opinion. This term has been around since the sixteenth century. John Dryden used it in his play The Maiden Queen (1667, 2.1): “I have told her a piece of my mind already.”
See also: give, of, piece
References in classic literature ?
Lorry, reddening, "that I will hear no disrespectful word of that young lady from any lips; and that if I knew any man--which I hope I do not-- whose taste was so coarse, and whose temper was so overbearing, that he could not restrain himself from speaking disrespectfully of that young lady at this desk, not even Tellson's should prevent my giving him a piece of my mind."
As it was, I woke up the agent and gave him a piece of my mind. Instead of being humiliated, he only upbraided me for being so wanting in vigilance.
But I will give her a piece of my mind. The time will come!"
I didn't know he was a married man at first, and when he told me I gave him a piece of my mind. And then I didn't see him for months, and when he came to the shop again and asked me I don't know what came over me.
"Goodwives," said a hard-featured dame of fifty, "I'll tell ye a piece of my mind. It would be greatly for the public behoof if we women, being of mature age and church-members in good repute, should have the handling of such malefactresses as this Hester Prynne.
"Now, you see, Jim, so be as you ARE here," says he, "I'll give you a piece of my mind. I've always liked you, I have, for a lad of spirit, and the picter of my own self when I was young and handsome.
If it had been anywhere else but in heaven, I would have given him a piece of my mind. Well, anyway, Billings had the grandest reception that has been seen in thousands of centuries, and I think it will have a good effect.
I'd give him a piece of my mind to feast upon, and I hope he'd have a good appetite for it.'
If you cry I will give Miss Wilson a piece of my mind for worrying you."
'To the rude kuya shouting 'ang taba mo laki mo moira panget taba' while i was performing last night..i was so tempted to look at you and give you a piece of my mind. But i didnt want anyone feeling how you made me feel,' she said in a tweet on Monday.
I spoke to the interior secretary yesterday and gave him a piece of my mind,'.
"I would like to smack his bottom, give him a piece of my mind and keep a very close watch on him if he is grading applications.
"I would like to smack his bottom, give him a piece of my mind and keep a very close watch on him" Prof Mary Beard on Sir Tim Hunt who who quit at UCL after saying women were a distraction in the laboratory.
It follows last year's publication, Spiral Thoughts, which, in turn, came 17 years after his first book, Piece Of My Mind.
Although she gets a piece of my mind every time we talk together, about not having mastered the Welsh language to a useful standard, she knows I admire her stance and vitality.