have it out with someone

American Idiom: have it out with someone

To ‘have it out with someone’ means to confront or to have an argument with someone, especially to settle unwanted situations.

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Video Transcript

to have it out with someone

Kenneth is going to have it out with his roommate today. He is very upset with his roommate because he leaves his dirty dishes in the sink for many days.

What’s the meaning of “to have it out with his roommate,’ here? 

It means that Kenneth is going to confront his roommate so that he no longer has to deal with the dirty dishes.

To ‘have it out with someone’ means to confront or to have an argument with someone, especially to settle unwanted situations.

Here are example sentences :

I am going to have it out with her. She always expects me to pay every time we dine out.

Ken had it out with his girlfriend yesterday. They have settled all their disputes.

Let’s do an exercise!

For each question, replace a word or words in a sentence with the idiom so that the meaning of the sentence is not changed. You have five seconds per question.

Question 1:

She’s having an argument with her husband. Her husband does not help her with any household chores.

She’s having it out with her husband. Her husband does not help her with any household chores

Question 2:

I will confront Kevin tomorrow. He kept on deferring the money that he had promised to pay me months ago.

I will have it out with Kevin tomorrow. He kept on deferring the money that he had promised to pay me months ago.

Practice makes perfect!

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More questions here!

Question 1:

I had to argue with my sister because she never shared her clothes with me.

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Question 2:

She decided to confront with Rose about her gossips.

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