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rake someone over the coals

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haul someone over the coals

verb phrase

  1. To rebuke someone harshly; castigate; chew out
  2. To put someone through an ordeal

[1719+; fr the old ordeal by fire]

rake someone over the coals

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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