to give someone heck

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - give someone heck

"to give someone heck"

to reprimand or reproach someone severely


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - give someone heck

"to give someone heck"

to make someone suffer


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - give someone heck

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Did you finish that report before the deadline yesterday?

Colleague 2:  No.

Colleague 1:  And what happened?

Colleague 2:  The boss gave me heck.

Colleague 1:  Well, can you blame her for berating you? That was a really important report.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - give someone heck

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Why are you limping?

Friend 2:  My bunions are giving me heck again.

Friend 1:  If you are in so much pain, why not see a doctor?

Friend 2:  Though the pain is excruciating at times, there is really nothing the doctor can do.

to give someone heck - Usage:


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to give someone heck - Gerund Form:

Giving her husband heck, she berated him for ten minutes about how late he had come home the night before.

Giving him heck, the machine part was just not going to come off.

to give someone heck - Examples:

1) ... of recording equipment, and if I did that in Australia they would give me heck in customs. Going overseas: is it essential to go over with a ...

2) ... no time for these hooded faceless youths. The time has come to give them heck.

3) You have to make a stink and give them heck, because it works: the pressure FIFA feels from ...

4) Normally one could say "go to the meeting and give them heck" but not this time. You must play nice or if you annoy one ...

5) ... continued to bully me. When his mom phoned my dad to give him heck for saying such things to her son, ...

6) So what? You want to give me heck about this? It's not like I owe you an explanation.

7) ... care of yourself and as soon as you're feeling up to it give them heck for the way they've treated you!

8) ... just get close to the bastards and give them heck.

9) When I worked on counters, some companies give you heck for giving them out because they can't see that it builds repeat custom, ...

10) It is given that both parents will give you heck, but be bold and honest.

11) A customer's Django app has been giving us heck for a little while now, something we've recently tracked down to dodgy signal-handling.

12) ... the pressure on the FBI to find him grew. Johnson was giving us heck because Ray was a political liability and would remain so until he was in custody.

13) Mom and Dad were giving me heck, I wanted to prove I was in charge of my life.

14) ... gets you out of a situation where some rude creature is giving you heck then calling you names for bailing out instead of taking it on the chin.

15) My new shoes are giving me heck.

16) I used the music as a weapon. Admittedly, I gave them heck sometimes, but that was my way of punishing them for looking down on me.

17) ... overpaid is a task they will make very difficult for you.. they gave me heck on my refund... my advice is pay as you go along.

18) I am sure his wife gave him heck -- as she rightfully should -- but she likely deemed this lapse in judgement not ...

19) And went for him. Really gave him heck, you know.

20)  ... society are actively fighting the same system that gave you citizenship but also gave you heck. I know you want to resist, fight, and change it too and ...