noun Date: circa 1875 reprimand, lecture

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  • talking-to — [tôk′iŋ to͞o΄] n. Informal a rebuke; scolding …   English World dictionary

  • talking-to — ► NOUN informal ▪ a sharp reprimand …   English terms dictionary

  • talking-to — n lecture, scolding, reprimand, rebuke, reproof, reproach, criticism COLLOQ. dressing down, telling off, carpeting, wigging, ticking off, rocket ≠ praise, commendation * * * ˈtalking to f6 [talking to talkings to] noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • talking-to — n. (colloq.) scolding to give smb. a (good) talking to * * * (colloq.) [ scolding ] to give smb. a (good) talking to …   Combinatory dictionary

  • talking-to — N SING: a N If you give someone a talking to, you speak to them severely, usually about something unacceptable that they have done, in order to show them they were wrong. [INFORMAL] The team manager said: Tony has had a good talking to and… …   English dictionary

  • talking-to — noun give sb a talking to informal to talk to someone angrily because you are annoyed about something they have done: If you ask me, what that girl needs is a good talking to …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • talking-to — noun, informal if you ask me, that kid needs a good talking to See reprimand 2 …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • talking to — noun a lengthy rebuke a good lecture was my father s idea of discipline the teacher gave him a talking to • Syn: ↑lecture, ↑speech • Derivationally related forms: ↑speechify (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • talking-to — /taw king tooh /, n., pl. talking tos. a scolding. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • talking-to — talk|ing to [ tɔkıŋ ,tu ] noun singular INFORMAL an occasion when you speak angrily to someone because they have done something you do not approve of …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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