talking-to

[ taw-king-too ]
/ ˈtɔ kɪŋˌtu /

noun, plural talk·ing-tos.

a scolding.

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Origin of talking-to

First recorded in 1875–80
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British Dictionary definitions for talking-to

talking-to

noun

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