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tongue-lash

[ tuhng-lash ]
/ ˈtʌŋˌlæʃ /
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verb (used with or without object)

to scold severely.

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RELATED WORDS

scold, castigate, berate, fume, rant, inveigh, thunder, complain, vilify, denounce, chide, criticize, scorn, disparage, revile, upbraid, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, penalize

Nearby words

tongue thrust, tongue twister, tongue worm, tongue-and-groove joint, tongue-in-cheek, tongue-lash, tongue-lashing, tongue-swallowing, tongue-tie, tongue-tied, tongue-twister

Origin of tongue-lash

First recorded in 1880–85
Related formstongue-lash·ing, noun
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Examples from the Web for tongue-lash

  • Yet bravely he strove again to give tongue-lash for tongue-lash—by reaching out one palsied hand toward his weapon.

    The Poor Little Rich Girl|Eleanor Gates

British Dictionary definitions for tongue-lash

tongue-lash


verb

(tr) to reprimand severely; scold
Derived Formstongue-lashing, noun, adjective
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