Dutch uncle


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Dutch uncle

n.
A stern, candid critic or adviser.

Dutch uncle

n
informal a person who criticizes or reproves frankly and severely

Dutch′ un′cle


n.
a person, often a mentor or advisor, who criticizes or reproves with unsparing severity and frankness.
[1820–30]
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Noun1.Dutch uncle - a counselor who admonishes frankly and sternly
counselor, counsellor - someone who gives advice about problems
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He was a man who could speak like a Dutch Uncle, and, be sides, Messrs.
With Lockinge runner-up Lightning Spear drawing 14 and his likely pacemaker Dutch Uncle in stall five, Fahey joked: "We'll see if we can get together and swap it round
Saeed bin Suroor's gelding confirmed the promise of last year's Wood Ditton success when second to the more experienced Dutch Uncle at Lingfield.
He came up a little short on the day, showing signs of greenness late on, and had to make to do with the runner-up spot behind the far more experienced Dutch Uncle.
That's already made a big hole and we can add another sizable puncture to those carrying less than 8st 10lb as none have triumphed during the history of the event on sand which is curtains for Barsanti and Dutch Uncle.
But then I simply cannot ignore that Jacob's "patroon"-ship (Dutch for landholder in New Netherland and New York with manorial rights in the colonial era; from the French patron) derives directly from his Dutch uncle and the Dutch settled down [in] New York State, so the race for place starts over again.
But over the years he's more often been a Dutch uncle to thousands of local youngsters venturing out on the water.
You know, he grew up with my family and I've become kind of a Dutch uncle to him all these years.
In changing roles from referee to nanny, from necessary evil to Dutch uncle, from peacekeeper to nation builder, a natural corruption has set in.
The species is America's Dutch uncle, both because as a colloquialism it means the person who points out your flaws and excesses, and because Royko revelled in the ethnic stereotype.
Dutch Uncle (1969) and Spoiled (1971) followed, but it was with Butley (1971), a portrait of a dishevelled lecturer whose professional, emotional, and sexual lives are falling apart, that Gray's distinctive blend of humor and pain filled theatres on both sides of the Atlantic.