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A harsh vocal reprimand. The boss gave his sales team a real tongue-lashing after seeing a drop in profits for the fourth straight month.


Fig. a severe scolding. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I really got a tongue-lashing when I got home. Ted will have a tongue-lashing at home.

give someone a tongue-lashing

If someone gives you a tongue-lashing, they speak very angrily to you about something that you have done. The President of the EU Commission was given a tongue-lashing from the British Prime Minister. Note: You can also say that someone gets a tongue-lashing. Spot got the tongue-lashing that I felt I should have shared. Note: An occasion when someone speaks like this can be called a tongue-lashing. After a cruel tongue-lashing, he threw the girl out of the group.
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References in classic literature ?
She saw the beast's tail whipping from side to side and she could hear his deep-throated growls rumbling from his cavernous breast, but she could read correctly neither the movement of the lashing tail nor the notes of the growl.
Slowly, dully, the creatures rose to their feet and between the tugging of the warrior in front and the lashing of him behind the hopeless band was finally herded within the tower.
Only stout lashings prevented these men from being swept from the deck, while those upon the roof below were constantly compelled to cling to rails and stanchions to save themselves from being carried away by each new burst of meteoric fury.
I expected no less," said Gahan, as with the help of those already on the deck he and the others found secure lashings.
He stood on the ground and looked up at us, snarling, lashing his tail, snapping at the stones that fell near to him.
He was looking back at us, his writhing lips lifted clear of the very roots of his huge fangs, his hair bristling and his tail lashing.
Perrault scaled it by a miracle, while Francois prayed for just that miracle; and with every thong and sled lashing and the last bit of harness rove into a long rope, the dogs were hoisted, one by one, to the cliff crest.
The huskies had chewed through the sled lashings and canvas coverings.
The slave-driver lashed us desperately, for he saw ruin before him, but his lashings only made mat- ters worse, for they drove us further from the road and from likelihood of succor.
A high mast was fixed on the frame, held firmly by metallic lashings, to which was attached a large brigantine sail.
But the breeze, far from lessening its force, blew as if to bend the mast, which, however, the metallic lashings held firmly.