give (someone) hell

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of give (someone) hell

informal + somewhat impolite
:to yell at or criticize (someone) in an angry way
  • Her boss gave her hell for coming in late.

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

hell play
  1. : a nether world in which the dead continue to exist : hades

  2. : the nether realm of the devil and the demons in which condemned people suffer everlasting punishment

  3. : error, sin


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