give someone his rights

[give someone his rights] or [read someone his rights] {v. phr.},{informal} 1. The act of advising arrested criminals that they havethe right to remain silent and that everything they say can be heldagainst them in a court of law; that they have the right to thepresence of an attorney during questioning and that if they can'tafford one and request it, an attorney will be appointed for them bythe State.

The cops gave Smith his rights immediately after thearrest.

2. To sever a relationship by telling someone that he or shecan go and see a divorce lawyer or the like.

Sue gave Mike hisrights before she slammed the door in his face.

Compare: READ THERIOT ACT.