cur-tain lecture

curtain lecture

Older Use. a scolding administered in private by a wife to her husband.

1625–35 Unabridged
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curtain lecture
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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