to have a word with (somebody)

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - have a word with

"to have a word with (somebody)"

to speak with somebody privately


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - have a word with

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  The boss wants to have a word with you.

Colleague 2:  What did I do?  Am I in trouble for something?

Colleague 1:  How should I know? You had better go and find out.

Colleague 2:  These private meetings with the boss are never good.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - have a word with

Two parents are talking ...

Mother:  I got Johnny's report card today.

Father:  And?

Mother:  You should have a word with him.

Father:  Can't we just talk about it now?

Mother:  It might be better if you didn't discuss this with Johnny in front of his siblings.

Father:  OK. Johnny and I will go into the living room, then.

to have a word with (somebody) - Usage:


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to have a word with (somebody) - Gerund Form:

Having a word with her son, she told him privately to change his behavior.

to have a word with (somebody) - Examples:

1)  ... they talked her out of making a complaint, saying they would just have a word with the man. Later, he was charged with harassment without violence ...

2)  ... get a message from him I will walk straight to his house and have a word with him.

3)  If the end figure is alarmingly low, it's time to have a word with your ISP, or try and troubleshoot your Wi-Fi connection.

4)  It's true I wanted to have a word with him but he was a bit busy then.

5)  ... stare at me menacingly and say, "I need to have a word with you." Then he would ask bizarre personal questions, ...

6)  I don't think we played particularly well - I'll need to have a word with the boys about that.

7)  Asked if he was going to have a word with Sami over the issue to clear the air, ...

8)  I realised their dip in form and called them to my office to have a word with them.

9)  Saying that he wants to have a word with the woman, he asked her husband to wait outside the house, ...

10)  ... on Wednesday said he will have a word with the gymnast on the difficulties she is facing in handling the vehicle.

11)  I wanted to talk to her. I asked if I could have a word with her privately, but when we went outside and she spotted a cop, ...

12)  ... might need to take some of these boys out to the garage and have a word with them.

13)  ... what you don't see is I'll go and have a word with them quietly.

14)  The interviewer asked to have a word with me outside and said, ...

15)  ... would like to have a word with you about some of your recent behavior.

16)  I only wanted them to have a word with the girls about what they had done, but they didn't.

17)  He was disappointed with the arrangements and wanted to have a word with the production head about it.

18)  They're slipping all over the pitch today, someone should have a word with the groundsman.

19)  We are working to give them a notice as well and will also have a word with the society members.

20)  But I do think the university should have a word with him. Oxford isn't a place where racists from South Africa are fit ...