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    Default cut classes/got out of hand/give him a good talking-to/make it hot for him/hav it out

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    What would you do if one of your pupils began to cut classes and altogether got out of hand?
    cut class = absent oneself from a class or other, usually mandatory events
    got out of hand = if a situation gets out of hand, it cannot be controlled any more

    Id give him a good talking-to.
    give him a good talking-to = give him a good lesson = criticize him, find fault with him

    Id make it hot for him!
    make it hot for him = cause trouble or discomfort for someone

    Id give him a piece of my mind.
    give someone a piece of ones mind = to bawl someone out, to tell someone off

    I will have it out with him first thing and get to the bottom of the matter.
    have it out = settle decisively, especially in an argument or discussion.

    It stands to reason that Ill make it a point of getting in touch with his parents and getting everything straight.
    stand to reason = be logical or rational
    get straight = understand correctly or make something clear
    make a point of = treat something as important or essential
    get in touch = initiate contact

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regard,

    V.

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    Exclamation Re: cut classes/got out of hand/give him a good talking-to/make it hot for him/hav it

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
    What would you do if one of your pupils began to cut classes and altogether got out of hand?
    cut class = absent oneself from a class or other, usually mandatory events
    got out of hand = if a situation gets out of hand, it cannot be controlled any more OK If I am a partner in a business where trading losses went out of hand, I would quit the firm at the earlist.

    I’d give him a good talking-to.
    give him a good talking-to = give him a good lesson = criticize him, find fault with him = To caution using the toughest language OK

    I’d make it hot for him!
    make it hot for him = cause trouble or discomfort for someone
    John had a good time with his new girl friend but her ex-boy friend made it hot for him.

    I’d give him a piece of my mind.
    give someone a piece of one’s mind = to bawl someone out, to tell someone off=to say frankly what one thinks of someone, OK
    Barack Obama has sharpened his foreign policy rhetoric to give a piece of his mind to Kim the North Korean president after North Korea tested a second nuclear weapon,

    I will have it out with him is the first thing and get to the bottom of the matter.
    have it out = settle decisively, especially in an argument or discussion. OK

    It stands to reason that I’ll make it a point of getting in touch with his parents and getting/settling everything straight. OK
    stand to reason = be logical or rational
    get straight = understand correctly or make something clear
    make a point of = treat something as important or essential
    get in touch = initiate contact


    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regard,

    V.
    Useful expressions when you want to settle scores with some one you have disagreement.
    Skp

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    Default Re: cut classes/got out of hand/give him a good talking-to/make it hot for him/hav it

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    I’d give him a good talking-to.
    give him a good talking-to = give him a good lesson = criticize him, find fault with him
    I'd use "a good talking-to" to mean "a scolding, an upbraiding, a lecture, a long verbal reprimand, a long exhortation to mend his ways and straighten out"

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    I’d give him a piece of my mind.
    give someone a piece of one’s mind = to bawl someone out, to tell someone off
    Yes, especially in the sense of "tell him exactly what I think"

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    I will have it out with him first thing and get to the bottom of the matter.
    have it out = settle decisively, especially in an argument or discussion.
    I don't think I use "have it out" to include this much emphasis on "coming to a conclusive end." I think I would usually mean only "argue, vigorously debate, lay out each person's views" -- without the idea of "coming to a decisive conclusion" as a necessary element.

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    It stands to reason that I’ll make it a point of getting in touch with his parents and getting everything straight.
    get straight = understand correctly or make something clear
    I think I use "Let's get this straight" in a little more definitive a sense -- with more of a "straighten things out" implication
    - coming to an agreement on what to do next
    - hashing out an agreement

    make a point of = treat something as important or essential
    I use "make it a point" to mean
    - go out of my way to see that I do it
    - to take any trouble necessary to do this
    - by no means to drop this or fail to see it through

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