curtain lecture


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curtain lecture

n.
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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curtain lecture

n
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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cur′tain lec`ture


n.
Older Use. a scolding administered in private by a wife to her husband.
[1625–35]
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Noun1.curtain lecture - a private lecture to a husband by his wife
talking to, lecture, speech - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
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References in classic literature ?
'You are just in time, sir,' said Bella; 'I am going to give you your first curtain lecture. It shall be a parlour-curtain lecture.
What could the worthy captain do, to console the tender-hearted old squaw, and, peradventure, to save the venerable patriarch from a curtain lecture? He bethought himself of a pair of ear-bobs: it was true, the patriarch's better-half was of an age and appearance that seemed to put personal vanity out of the question, but when is personal vanity extinct?
Sedley to her husband; and that night in a conversation which took place in a front room in the second floor, in a sort of tent, hung round with chintz of a rich and fantastic India pattern, and double with calico of a tender rose-colour; in the interior of which species of marquee was a featherbed, on which were two pillows, on which were two round red faces, one in a laced nightcap, and one in a simple cotton one, ending in a tassel--in a CURTAIN LECTURE, I say, Mrs.