to give someone hell

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - give someone hell

"to give someone hell"

to reprimand or reproach someone severely


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - give someone hell

"to give someone hell"

to make someone suffer


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - give someone hell

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 hell.

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

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - give someone hell

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Why are you limping?

Friend 2:  My bunions are giving me hell 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 hell - Usage:


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to give someone hell - Gerund Form:

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

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

to give someone hell - Examples:

1)  ... of recording equipment, and if I did that in Australia they would give me hell 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 hell.

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

4)  Normally one could say "go to the meeting and give them hell" 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 hell for saying such things to her son, ...

6)  So what? You want to give me hell 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 hell for the way they've treated you!

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

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

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

11)  A customer's Django app has been giving us hell 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 hell because Ray was a political liability and would remain so until he was in custody.

13)  Mom and Dad were giving me hell, 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 hell then calling you names for bailing out instead of taking it on the chin.

15)  My new shoes are giving me hell.

16)  I used the music as a weapon. Admittedly, I gave them hell 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 hell on my refund... my advice is pay as you go along.

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

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

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