"to have a word with (somebody)"
to speak with somebody privately
Related words and phrases:
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.
Two parents are talking ...
Mother: I got Johnny's report card today.
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.
Having a word with her son, she told him privately to change his behavior.
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 ...