talk to

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talk to

Also, give a talking to. Scold, reprimand, as in The teacher said he'd have to talk to Jeff after school, or Dad gave us both a good talking to. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s[ For talk to like a Dutch uncle, see Dutch uncle.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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