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curtain lecture

noun
1.
Older Use. a scolding administered in private by a wife to her husband.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35
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curtain lecture

noun
1.
a scolding or rebuke given in private, esp by a wife to her husband
Word Origin
alluding to the curtained beds where such rebukes were once given
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