to bawl out

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - bawl out

"to bawl out"

to scold or reprimand in a loud voice


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - bawl out

"to bawl out"

to call out or sing very loudly


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - bawl out

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you had any luck getting the contractor to finish your renovation job?

Friend 2:  The job was supposed to have taken two weeks and here it is two months later and it's still not done.

Friend 1:  What are you going to do?

Friend 2:  The only thing I can think is to call the contractor on the phone and bawl him out.

Friend 1:  I suppose that reprimanding him might help.  If nothing else, you might feel better just by yelling at him.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - bawl out

Two teachers are talking ...

Teacher 1:  You have Frank in one of your classes, don't you?

Teacher 2:  Yes.

Teacher 1:  Does he bawl out the answers to questions in your class?

Teacher 2:  He does. I appreciate his enthusiasm but his loud voice can be upsetting to the other students.

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to bawl out - Gerund Form:

Bawling out your subordinates may not be the best leadership style to use.

Bawling out your favorite song as loudly as you can at a party could irritate your friends.

to bawl out - Examples:

1)  ... non-confrontational, take the individual to one side and have a quiet word rather than bawl out in front of entire class, give them options ...

2)  In the evening they pile on the makeup, get onstage and bawl out some vulgar ditties, tell dirty jokes, ...

3)  ... women have been among the worst offenders because unlike their brawling sisters who bawl out everything, some of these quiet women know how to keep their secrets and ...

4)  People wept openly, some bawl out. She had such a beautiful voice.

5)  ... we must begin to bawl out the wrongs in society whenever we see them, ...

6)  The ballot box is the only means by which we can bawl out the politicians when they go too far.

7)  The land of the free and the home of the brave is what they bawl out, standing stiff as broom sticks and their hands against their hearts, ...

8)  Sometimes people get excited - over excited, and then bawl out ridiculous figures for clubs to ponder in the process of bidding for a player.

9)  It's a lot easier to bawl out a tradesman on the phone than when he's looming over you in the ...

10)  I stuttered something about it being beneath Murrow to bawl out a colleague where the troops might overhear him.

11)  ... when the Queen jumped up and bawled out, " He's murdering the time! Off with his head!"

12)  I slowly took in the scene while my guide bawled out a nasal moan through a sawed-off traffic cone.

13)  Far from being computer-savvy, I'm a total technophobe - and was bawled out by one of the kids for asking for computer help today.

14)  The way is barred by a head waiter who is being bawled out by two customers complaining about the service.

15)  The pain was unbearable and Dr. Pillay bawled out loudly. 

16)  ... some with tears in their eyes screamed and bawled out for help and started using expletives to the management ...

17)   ... (they could smoke in the intervals, they were not' bawled out' for coming in late), the students were valued, ...

18)  ... that we will be rewarded in any way other than, maybe, not being bawled out if we're five minutes late one morning.

19)  His habit of impulsive bawling out of subordinates, extending even to the personal abuse of individuals, ...

20)  You don't know how many times I stood on the front veranda bawling out their names, trying to get them to come home to eat dinner.