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English definition of “give sb hell”

give sb hell

informal
If someone gives you hell, they criticize you severely: She gave me hell for being 20 minutes late.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation If something gives you hell, it causes you a lot of pain: These new shoes are giving me hell.Pain and painful
(Definition of give sb hell from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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