give it to
Punish or reprimand, as in Dad really gave it to Tom for coming in so late. This expression, implying a physical or verbal attack, dates from the late 1500s. Also see give someone hell. In more recent times the expression gave rise to give it to someone straight, meaning “to tell someone something candidly and directly.” For example, I asked the doctor to give it to use straight about Mother's condition.
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But give the Kingdom credit for its sense of mercy: The lashes will be administered only 50 at a time.
With chemotherapy, her doctors give her at least an 80 percent chance of survival.
One of the other cops fired three times and those who were still able to give chase did.
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Each day she resolved, "To-morrow I will tell Felipe;" and when to-morrow came, she put it off again.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
All the operations of her brain related themselves somehow to to-morrow afternoon.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
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Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour, and make a fat offering, and then give place to the physician.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
Finally, let me ask the general reader to put aside all prejudice, and give both sides a fair hearing.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford