verb (used with or without object)

to scold severely.

Origin of tongue-lash

First recorded in 1880–85
Related formstongue-lash·ing, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tongue-lashing

Contemporary Examples of tongue-lashing

  • But short of that, Louisiana has been able to look to Governor Bobby Jindal to give BP the tongue-lashing it badly deserves.

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    How Oil Saved Bobby Jindal

    Reihan Salam

    May 21, 2010

Historical Examples of tongue-lashing

British Dictionary definitions for tongue-lashing



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