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curtain lecture

Older Use. a scolding administered in private by a wife to her husband.
Origin of curtain lecture
1625-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She seemed to me to be more forward than ever that morning, and I felt a suspicion that I was going to get a curtain lecture.

    The Conquest Oscar Micheaux
  • Eleanore teased, and he was gruff; or he mocked, and Eleanore delivered a curtain lecture.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • I wonder whether she ever indulged her husband with it in the course of a curtain lecture!

    Cornish Characters S. Baring-Gould
  • Meanwhile the elder wife was eating her heart with vexation and forming resolutions to give her husband a curtain lecture.

    Tales of Bengal S. B. Banerjea
  • I committed to memory a curtain lecture for my brother, though somehow or other it escaped me and was never delivered.

    The Outlet Andy Adams
  • Such tithes are the price of napping; and such mighty odds are there between a curtain lecture and a cushion lecture.'

    The Punster's Pocket-book Charles Molloy Westmacott
  • They stick to the curtain lecture business, but now they do it before the curtain.

  • The tintinnabulations of the wife's curtain lecture are too precious to the enraptured husband to be shared with other ears.

    Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales Robert L. Taylor
  • The curtain lecture was followed next day by a refusal to allow Mr. Sheridan to have the horses till the account was settled.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society Grace & Philip Wharton
  • The curtain lecture that followed was of unusual virulence, and in the midst of it he fell asleep.

    Toaster's Handbook Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
British Dictionary definitions for curtain lecture

curtain lecture

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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