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curtain lecture

Older Use. a scolding administered in private by a wife to her husband.
Origin of curtain lecture
First recorded in 1625-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Eleanore teased, and he was gruff; or he mocked, and Eleanore delivered a curtain lecture.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • The curtain lecture that followed was of unusual virulence, and in the midst of it he fell asleep.

    Toaster's Handbook Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
  • I wonder whether she ever indulged her husband with it in the course of a curtain lecture!

    Cornish Characters S. Baring-Gould
  • Meanwhile the elder wife was eating her heart with vexation and forming resolutions to give her husband a curtain lecture.

    Tales of Bengal S. B. Banerjea
  • She seemed to me to be more forward than ever that morning, and I felt a suspicion that I was going to get a curtain lecture.

    The Conquest Oscar Micheaux
  • Such tithes are the price of napping; and such mighty odds are there between a curtain lecture and a cushion lecture.'

    The Punster's Pocket-book Charles Molloy Westmacott
  • The curtain lecture was followed next day by a refusal to allow Mr. Sheridan to have the horses till the account was settled.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society Grace & Philip Wharton
  • The tintinnabulations of the wife's curtain lecture are too precious to the enraptured husband to be shared with other ears.

    Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales Robert L. Taylor
  • I committed to memory a curtain lecture for my brother, though somehow or other it escaped me and was never delivered.

    The Outlet Andy Adams
  • They stick to the curtain lecture business, but now they do it before the curtain.

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
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