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talking-to

[taw-king-too]
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noun, plural talk·ing-tos.
  1. a scolding.

Origin of talking-to

First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for talking-to

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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


British Dictionary definitions for talking-to

talking-to

noun
  1. informal a session of criticism, as of the work or attitude of a subordinate by a person in authority
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