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Tongue-lashing   /təŋ-lˈæʃɪŋ/   Listen

Rebuking a person harshly.  Synonyms: chiding, objurgation, scolding.

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"Tongue-lashing" Quotes from Famous Books

... good things Trot's mother had cooked. Mrs. Griffith was very kind to the children, but not quite so agreeable toward poor Cap'n Bill. When the old sailorman at one time spilled some tea on the tablecloth, Trot's mother flew angry and gave the culprit such a tongue-lashing that Button-Bright was sorry for him. But Cap'n Bill was meek and made no reply. "He's used to it, you know," whispered Trot to her new friend, and indeed, Cap'n Bill took it all cheerfully and never ...
— Sky Island - Being the further exciting adventures of Trot and Cap'n - Bill after their visit to the sea fairies • L. Frank Baum

... not present at the encounter with the python for he would have chased after him and, overtaking him, would have perished in his murderous coils before Stas could come to his aid. For eating the zebra he received, however, from Nell a tongue-lashing which after all he did not take too much to heart as he did not even hide his lolling tongue, with which he came running ...
— In Desert and Wilderness • Henryk Sienkiewicz

... Squire's spoiled son, kick the poor crippled girl, He darts to the rescue as quick as he can, And dusts the hard road with the cruel young man; And when he is sought by the vengeful old Squire, He withers the latter with tongue-lashing ire; For the town might combine his young nerve to destroy, And never once shake ...
— Cape Cod Ballads, and Other Verse • Joseph C. Lincoln

Words linked to "Tongue-lashing" :   objurgation, chiding, rebuke, reproof, reproval, reprehension, wigging, wig, reprimand

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