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[taw-king-too] /ˈtɔ kɪŋˌtu/
noun, plural talking-tos.
a scolding.
Origin of talking-to
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Such Women need a good "talking-to," and if they are only not natural born fools, one good explanation often fixes matters.

    Woman William J. Robinson
  • He gave them a talking-to that was more emphatic than choice in its language.

  • For it had been about the "Novum" that Stan had given Strong that talking-to.

    A Crooked Mile Oliver Onions
  • For it had been about the “Novum” that Stan had given Strong that talking-to.

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
  • Let him pay, the beggar, its his own fault, and Ill give him a talking-to.

    Egholm and his God Johannes Buchholtz
  • You dont think so now, do you, after the talking-to Ive given you?

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
  • I dismissed him with instructions—not very coherent, I fear—to give the girl a talking-to, and sat down to think.

    Two Sides of the Face Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Theresa was minded to give the girl a talking-to; but she controlled herself, and quietly withdrew.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
British Dictionary definitions for talking-to


(informal) a session of criticism, as of the work or attitude of a subordinate by a person in authority
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