LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||10/OUT/2005 6:39 PM|
I like to scold, tell off, give a good talking to, lecture, and chew out. I don't recall hearing "to give stick". You can add to the list "to give someone a piece of your mind". I prefer, however "to give someone hell, chew someone's butt/ass, read the riot act to someone, etc.:
She gave him a piece of her mind about his terribly manners.
I gave him hell for wearing his skates inside the house.
She chewed my butt/ass for coming home late.
He gave the kids a butt/ass chewing for making so much noise.
They read me the riot act for arriving so late to dinner.
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