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[tuhng-lash] /ˈtʌŋˌlæʃ/
verb (used with or without object)
to scold severely.
Origin of tongue-lash
First recorded in 1880-85
Related forms
tongue-lashing, noun Unabridged
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  • He departed, driving his new victim before him and tongue-lashing him all the way.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He started to give him the tongue-lashing of his life, before having him arrested.

  • "Yes," I answered, and what a tongue-lashing those two fellows got!

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

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

    To The Front Charles King
  • Edd gave them a tongue-lashing and thrashing at one and the same time.

  • "Oh, there's going to be a tongue-lashing," cried Gwendolyn, frightened.

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

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • A regular tirade followed, and John realized that he must do his work well to escape a tongue-lashing.

    Cattle-Ranch to College Russell Doubleday
British Dictionary definitions for tongue-lashing


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