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English definition of “give sb what for”

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give sb what for

old-fashioned informal
to speak angrily to someone whose behaviour you strongly disapprove of
Translations of “give sb what for”
in Chinese (Traditional) 嚴厲斥責(某人)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 严厉斥责(某人)…
(Definition of give sb what for from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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