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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

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
References in classic literature ?
It is my friend Professor Challenger," and amid laughter he renewed his lecture as if this was a final explanation and no more need be said.
At last the lecture came to an end--I am inclined to think that it was a premature one, as the peroration was hurried and disconnected.
If he refuses to listen to the lecture and goes on the war path, then, unpleasantly for me, I assure you, I shall be compelled to thrash him and his village, first: and, next, I shall triple the fine he must pay and lecture the law into him a trifle more compendiously.
Suppose he doesn't fight, stops his ears to the lecture, and declines to pay?
His manners in private were even more mild and attractive than in public, for there was a certain dignity in his mien during his lecture which in his own house was replaced by the greatest affability and kindness.
He was in no humour to talk to anybody or hear himself questioned as to his absence from lectures the day before.
Though he really did not see what was the good for him to attend the lectures.
Several of the audience, not being much interested in the missionary's narrative, here left the car; but Elder Hitch, continuing his lecture, related how Smith, junior, with his father, two brothers, and a few disciples, founded the church of the "Latter Day Saints," which, adopted not only in America, but in England, Norway and Sweden, and Germany, counts many artisans, as well as men engaged in the liberal professions, among its members; how a colony was established in Ohio, a temple erected there at a cost of two hundred thousand dollars, and a town built at Kirkland; how Smith became an enterprising banker, and received from a simple mummy showman a papyrus scroll written by Abraham and several famous Egyptians.
During the lecture the train had been making good progress, and towards half-past twelve it reached the northwest border of the Great Salt Lake.
Of course you will let the Other Professor lecture as well?
And, now I come to think of it, there would hardly be time for more than one Lecture.
I have said I like them, and I do like them--but every time they read me a scorcher of a lecture I mean to talk back in print.
In that moment of mad happiness that she should go out with him, go to a lecture with him - with him, Martin Eden - she soared so far above him that there seemed nothing else for him to do than die for her.
It was not unalloyed bliss, taking her to the lecture.
You are just in time, sir,' said Bella; 'I am going to give you your first curtain lecture.