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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-lashingINFORMAL
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.
See also: give