bawl out


bawled out; bawling out; bawls out

transitive verb

: to reprimand loudly or severely
Her boss bawled her out for forgetting the meeting.

Examples of bawl out in a Sentence

got bawled out by the boss for missing another important deadline
Recent Examples on the Web Women stopped to bawl out the police, who accepted this dressing-down with quiet embarrassment. National Geographic, 11 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bawl out was in 1899

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“Bawl out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

bawl out

: to scold severely

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