talking to

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Noun1.talking to - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face"
preaching, sermon - a moralistic rebuke; "your preaching is wasted on him"
curtain lecture - a private lecture to a husband by his wife
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Martha was so busy that Mary had no opportunity of talking to her, but in the afternoon she asked her to come and sit with her in the nursery.
At tea-time, when the dog, Jip, came in, the parrot said to the Doctor, "See, HE'S talking to you.
We were talking to him about you a few days ago," Kochubey continued, "and about your freed plowmen.
Now it was not without some boyish nervousness that I followed my newly made friend, for I confess that I have ever been a poor hand at talking to bar-maids.
I've been talking to them, and I couldn't get away.

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