give one a piece of one's mind

[give one a piece of one's mind] {v. phr.}, {informal} To scoldangrily; say what you really think to (someone).

Mr. Allen gave theother driver a piece of his mind.

The sergeant gave the soldier apiece of his mind for not cleaning his boots.

Syn.: TELL OFF.Compare: BAWL OUT, DRESS DOWN, GIVE IT TO, TONGUE LASHING.