give (someone) a rollicking

Definition of give (someone) a rollicking

British, informal
:to angrily criticize or scold (someone) for having done something wrong
  • Their boss gave them a rollicking.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

rollicking play
  1. : boisterously carefree, joyful, or high-spirited


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