Give Someone a Mouthful

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Give Someone a Mouthful’

To give someone a mouthful is to speak to them in a very rude, harsh, abusive, or critical way; to shout or yell at someone; to curse at someone. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. ,2Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.

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Examples Of Use

“The man gave the other driver a mouthful for stealing his parking spot.”

“I just found out Larry lost the money I lent him in a card game. I’m sure going to give him a mouthful!”

“My wife really gave me a mouthful for letting the kids have sweets for dinner.”

Origin

This chiefly British idiom alludes the largest amount of food that can be held in one’s mouth.

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Sources   [ + ]

1. Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.
2. Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.