To pepper one well. To give one a good basting or thrashing.
To take pepper i' the nose.
To take offence. The French have a similar locution, “La
moutarde lui monte au nez.”
“Take you pepper in your nose, you mar our sport.” —The Spanish
Gipsy, iv. 190.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894