give someone what for informal,

give someone what for informal,
give someone what for informal,
chiefly Brit.
punish or scold someone severely.
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  • give someone what for — informal phrase to punish someone or speak to them severely because they have done something wrong Thesaurus: to punish someonesynonym punishment of being legally killedhyponym Main entry: give * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • give someone what for — ► give someone what for informal , chiefly Brit. punish or scold someone severely. Main Entry: ↑what …   English terms dictionary

  • give someone what for — informal to punish someone or speak to them severely because they have done something wrong …   English dictionary

  • I'll give you what for! — I ll give (you) what for! informal something that you say when you are very angry with someone and intend to punish them. I ll give you what for, young lady, coming home at 2 o clock in the morning! …   New idioms dictionary

  • give someone hell — (informal) 1 when I found out I gave him hell: REPRIMAND SEVERELY, rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, scold, berate, remonstrate with, reprehend …   Useful english dictionary

  • what for — spoken 1) used for asking the reason for something I need to have your name and address . What for? what ... for: What did you hit him for? 2) informal old fashioned if you give someone what for, you punish them If I catch that boy in my garden… …   English dictionary

  • I'll give what for! — I ll give (you) what for! informal something that you say when you are very angry with someone and intend to punish them. I ll give you what for, young lady, coming home at 2 o clock in the morning! …   New idioms dictionary

  • give — verb (past gave; past participle given) (usu. give something to or give someone something) 1》 freely transfer the possession of; cause to receive or have.     ↘communicate or impart (a message).     ↘commit, consign, or entrust.     ↘cause to… …   English new terms dictionary

  • what — [ wat, hwat ] function word *** What can be used in the following ways: as a question pronoun (introducing a direct or indirect question): What do you want? Tell me what happened. as a relative pronoun (starting a relative clause that is subject …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • what — ► PRONOUN & DETERMINER 1) asking for information specifying something. 2) (as pronoun ) asking for repetition of something not heard or confirmation of something not understood. 3) (as pronoun ) the thing or things that. 4) whatever. 5) used to… …   English terms dictionary

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