- an outpouring of oral information or advice, especially when given without solicitation.
- a sharp verbal rebuke; a scolding.
Origin of earful
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Examples from the Web for earful
Best not to ask GOP fundraising legend Georgette Mosbacher about the state of her beloved party unless you want an earful.Mosbacher: I’m Furious at My Own Party
January 8, 2013
Now that he is back we may get an earful from the Egyptian doctor as he catches up on the world since the new year.Osama's Top Gun Is Back
May 20, 2010
Maybe Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, or even President Obama, want to give you an earful.The Guy Who's Really to Blame?
Allan Dodds Frank
March 17, 2009
With the help of Vee's set of books and a little promptin' from her I gives him an earful.
With that he gets back to his Reserve Army scheme and he sure does give me an earful.
I sure was gettin' an earful of this golf stuff, but I was still awake.Torchy As A Pa
But, believe me, Don, I gave him an earful when we got ashore that night.The Viking Blood
Frederick William Wallace
I can give Mr. Silverton an earful about that workman of his!Dan Carter Cub Scout
Mildred A. Wirt
- something heard or overheard
- a rebuke or scolding, esp a lengthy or severe one
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Word Origin and History for earful
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