Give someone lip

verb phrase

To speak to someone in an impertinent and offensive way: People get on here all day long and all they do is give me lip/ Don’t be giving me lip (1821+)


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    verb phrase (Variations: the boot or the chop may replace the ax) To dismiss or discharge; can, cut, fire: The school gave six profs the ax yesterday/ The Oval Office should give him what he really deserves: the boot/ A vast trade and business complex was given the chop (ax form 1883+; boot 1888+; chop […]

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    verb phrase To snub; treat icily and curtly; kiss off: I got the brush in about two seconds in that fancy dump (1930s+)

  • Give someone the cold shoulder

    verb phrase To snub someone socially; be chilly toward someone (1840+)

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