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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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  • This is her plan to make me listen to a curtain-lecture in her room.

    Fair Haven and Foul Strand August Strindberg
  • "Now for my curtain-lecture," he said, as they seated themselves by the fire.

    The Home at Greylock Elizabeth Prentiss
  • We have reason to believe that there was never even a curtain-lecture delivered on the subject of the purse-silk.

  • And the angry expression on her face was that of a jealous wife taking notes for a curtain-lecture!

    The Torrent Vicente Blasco Ibaez
  • Tis in vain to talk to you; but remember I have a curtain-lecture for you, you disobedient, headstrong brute.

  • We may be called to account for disturbing the company: you may get a curtain-lecture, perhaps, sir.

    Inkle and Yarico George Colman
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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