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tongue-lash

[tuhng-lash] /ˈtʌŋˌlæʃ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to scold severely.
Origin of tongue-lash
1880-1885
1880-85
Related forms
tongue-lashing, noun
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  • Donald stood inwardly furious at the manner in which this dead-souled man was tongue-lashing his mother.

    The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace
  • He departed, driving his new victim before him and tongue-lashing him all the way.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "Oh, there's going to be a tongue-lashing," cried Gwendolyn, frightened.

  • He started to give him the tongue-lashing of his life, before having him arrested.

  • Mike, feeling sheepish and knowing he was guilty, had accepted the tongue-lashing and tendered an apology.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • "Yes," I answered, and what a tongue-lashing those two fellows got!

  • It was a tongue-lashing, indeed, and one that left the conductor no chance to reply.

    To The Front Charles King
  • The tongue-lashing had been just what they needed, as Betty very well knew.

  • She was giving the chauffeur a tongue-lashing and calling his attention to her soiled clothing.

    A Trip to the Orient Robert Urie Jacob
British Dictionary definitions for tongue-lashing

tongue-lash

verb
1.
(transitive) to reprimand severely; scold
Derived Forms
tongue-lashing, noun, adjective
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