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give a talking to
. Scold, reprimand, as in
The teacher said he'd have to talk to Jeff after school
Dad gave us both a good talking to
; second half of 1800s
talk to like a Dutch uncle
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Alone, lonely people talk to themselves. In company, they often continue.
Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.
I just come and talk to the plants, really—very important to talk to them, they respond I find.
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