- to reprimand; censure: The principal read them the riot act for their behavior at the assembly.
- to give (someone) a sharp warning.
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Examples from the Web for riot act
Historical Examples of riot act
Their officers went before them with links and torches, with a herald to read the riot-act, if necessary.The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Vol. 1., Illustrated
Sir Walter Scott
If he ever tells Stevens I went to his office and read the riot-act to him Stevens will hand me a ticket and a weeks pay!The Lucky Seventh
Ralph Henry Barbour