talking-to

[ taw-king-too ]
/ ˈtɔ kɪŋˌtu /

noun, plural talk·ing-tos.

a scolding.

Nearby words

  1. talking head,
  2. talking machine,
  3. talking picture,
  4. talking point,
  5. talking shop,
  6. talky,
  7. tall,
  8. tall blacks,
  9. tall buttercup,
  10. tall drink

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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