Definition of Give someone the business

1. Verb. (idiomatic dated) To treat someone harshly or in a wrongful manner, such as by abusing, deceiving, or manipulating. ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic dated) To harangue, criticize vigorously, berate, or ridicule someone. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Give Someone The Business

give somebody the brush-off
give somebody the cold shoulder
give somebody the heave-ho
give somebody the old heave-ho
give somebody the runaround
give somebody the slip
give somebody what-for
give someone a big head
give someone a bloody nose
give someone a buzz
give someone a jingle
give someone a ring
give someone five
give someone grief
give someone his head
give someone the business (current term)
give someone the chair
give someone the creeps
give someone the eye
give someone the slipper
give someone what for
give something a go
give something a miss
give something a try
give something up as a bad job
give stick
give suck
give thanks
give the axe

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