tongue-lashing

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tongue-lash·ing

(tŭng′lăsh′ĭng)
n. Informal
A scolding.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tongue-lashing - rebuking a person harshlytongue-lashing - rebuking a person harshly    
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"
wigging, wig - British slang for a scolding
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tongue-lashing

noun scolding, talking-to (informal), rebuke, reprimand, lecture, wigging (Brit. slang), slating (informal), reproach, ticking-off (informal), dressing-down (informal), telling-off (informal), reproof After a cruel tongue-lashing, he threw the girl out of the group.
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Translations

tongue-lashing

[ˈtʌŋˌlæʃɪŋ] Nlatigazo m, reprensión f
to give sb a tongue-lashingponer a algn como un trapo
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References in classic literature ?
After that, as a matter of course and on general principles, she would have it out with Lumai, whose soft voice always was for quiet and repose, and who always, at the end of a tongue-lashing, took himself off to the canoe house for a couple of days.
Simon, 57, was branded Mr Nasty for his caustic tongue-lashings during early series of The X Factor.
But if he thought that was the end of the tongue-lashings, he could be in for a rude awakening.