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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to scold severely.
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Origin of tongue-lash

First recorded in 1880–85
Related formstongue-lash·ing, noun
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Related Words for tongue-lash

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

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Historical Examples of 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


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