curtain lecture

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noun

Older Use. a scolding administered in private by a wife to her husband.

Nearby words

  1. curtail,
  2. curtail step,
  3. curtailment,
  4. curtain,
  5. curtain call,
  6. curtain line,
  7. curtain raiser,
  8. curtain shutter,
  9. curtain speech,
  10. curtain time

Origin of curtain lecture

First recorded in 1625–35

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British Dictionary definitions for curtain lecture

curtain lecture

noun

a scolding or rebuke given in private, esp by a wife to her husband

Word Origin for curtain lecture

alluding to the curtained beds where such rebukes were once given

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