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[taw-king-too] /ˈtɔ kɪŋˌtu/
noun, plural talking-tos.
a scolding.
Origin of talking-to
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He gave them a talking-to that was more emphatic than choice in its language.

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

    Egholm and his God Johannes Buchholtz
  • "Well—that talking-to you gave me has had its effect," proceeded Mrs. Fitzhugh.

    The Grain Of Dust David Graham Phillips
  • For it had been about the “Novum” that Stan had given Strong that talking-to.

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

    A Crooked Mile Oliver Onions
  • I meant to think over the talking-to that I should give Million when she returned.

    Miss Million's Maid Bertha Ruck
  • You dont think so now, do you, after the talking-to Ive given you?

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
  • Such Women need a good "talking-to," and if they are only not natural born fools, one good explanation often fixes matters.


    William J. Robinson
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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