give (someone) hell

Definition of give (someone) hell

informal + somewhat impolite

  1. :  to yell at or criticize (someone) in an angry way Her boss gave her hell for coming in late.

Word by Word Definitions

giveplay
  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

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

    :  the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

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

    :  error, sin

    :  a place or state of misery, torment, or wickedness


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