Meaning of “give sb hell” in the English Dictionary

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"give sb hell" in British English

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give sb hell


If someone gives you hell, they criticize you severely:

She gave me hell for being 20 minutes late.

If something gives you hell, it causes you a lot of pain:

These new shoes are giving me hell.

(Definition of “give sb hell” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)