Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(give) a piece of your mind

a piece of one's mindgive a piece of one's mind
Meaning(s)
1) strongly express one's feeling(s) or opinion(s) to someone
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    • I'm going to give him/her a piece of my mind!
  • Analysis
    When you give someone ‘a piece of your mind’, you speak to them to make them aware of your feelings or position, usually in an angry or frustrated manner. Similar in meaning to ‘give out to someone’. This is an expression that might be used to express your dissatisfaction or your anger towards someone's actions or behaviour.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. John was supposed to be back with my car 2 hours ago. I'm going to give him a piece of my mind when he finally gets here!
    2. If you ever speak to me like that again I'm going to give you a piece of my mind.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. If Anne doesn't start pulling her weight I'll have to give her a piece of my mind. It's just not acceptable.
    2. I gave the student a piece of my mind about his behaviour in class and it really seemed to do the trick. He hasn't misbehaved since.
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