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English definition of “box sb's ears”

box sb's ears

(UK also give sb a box on the ears) old-fashioned informal
to hit someone on the side of the head, usually as a punishmentHitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain
(Definition of box sb's ears from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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