have a word with (someone)

idiom

: to talk with someone briefly
Could I have a word with you?

Examples of have a word with (someone) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nicki Minaj needs to have a word with her fans who have ruthlessly defended her online for years: Chill. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Travis Barker would like to have a word with fans of The Kardashians. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 30 Oct. 2023 Dionne Warwick wants to have a word with Elon Musk. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 5 Sep. 2023 Can Marcia Gay Harden please have a word with the censors? Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 12 June 2023 Broward Circuit Judge Martin Fein wants to have a word with two jurors accused of conducting research on their own before convicting a man of double murder this summer and recommending a death sentence. Rafael Olmeda, Sun Sentinel, 16 Nov. 2022 When Reggie Jackson lingered near the free-throw line to have a word with an official, Lue waved for his starting guard to go to the bench too. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2022 After the group has been waved in once and then ejected again moments later, a woman in a bright red blazer steps forward to have a word with one of the facilities managers. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Oct. 2021 If these names are a mystery, but leave you bourbon curious, Fitzy wants to have a word with you. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, 5 June 2021

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“Have a word with (someone).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/have%20a%20word%20with%20%28someone%29. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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