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curtain lectures

A wife's reprimands to her husband, conducted in private. Honey, you know I hate to give you curtain lectures, but can you please call when you're going to be late, so that our dinner isn't cold?
See also: curtain, lecture

lecture at someone (about something)

to talk to someone about something in the manner of a lecture. There is no need to lecture at me about the problem. I know how serious the matter is. Don't lecture at me all the time!
See also: lecture

lecture someone for something

to give someone a talking-to about something. Please don't lecture me for being late. It won't help now, will it? There is no point in lecturing us for something we didn't do.
See also: lecture


 ((to) someone) about someone or something and lecture ((to) someone) on someone or something
1. to give an instructional speech to someone about someone or something. He always lectured his children about their duty to vote. She lectured to all her classes on employment opportunities.
2. to scold someone about someone or something. Please don't lecture me about my behavior. I like Ted! Don't lecture about him.

read a lecture

Also, read a lesson. Issue a reprimand, as in Dad read us a lecture after the teacher phoned and complained. The first term dates from the late 1500s, the variant from the early 1600s. Also see read the riot act; teach a lesson.
See also: lecture, read

curtain lecture

A reprimand that a wife gives her husband. “Curtain” refers to the drapery on canopied beds; the image is that of a wife giving hubby a piece of her mind in the privacy of their bedroom.
See also: curtain, lecture
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If any person in this hall dares to doubt my veracity, I shall be glad to have a few words with him after the lecture.
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This allows students to repeatedly watch the lecture to better comprehend the difficult elements," El-Kadi explained.
The topic of the annual NCM lecture is "The Idea of India" which is quite contemporary in the present context.
D'apres Yassir Bachour, jeune et membre de club initiant l'activite, cette heure de lecture s'inscrit dans le cadre de la continuite d'une heure de lecture initiee par ce groupe depuis 2 ans deja.
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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium offers a special thank you to Bob and Jill Williams, who help sponsor the Special Lecture Series each year.
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Our faculty is engaged in world class research in a variety of fields," Anderson said, "and this lecture series provides an opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience on the university campus and in Egypt more broadly.
The lecture by Mervyn Davies, the Baron Davies of Abersoch is held by the Friends of the Lloyd George Museum at Capel Moreia, Llanystumdwy on Friday, September 17.