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A private reprimand given to a husband by his wife.
[So called because it was originally given in a curtained bed.]
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a scolding or rebuke given in private, esp by a wife to her husband
[alluding to the curtained beds where such rebukes were once given]
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Older Use. a scolding administered in private by a wife to her husband.
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|Noun||1.||curtain lecture - a private lecture to a husband by his wife|
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