preach to

preach to someone

to give a moral discourse to someone. Please don't preach to me. I know that I did wrong. When you preach to us like that, we don't pay any attention to you.
See also: preach
References in classic literature ?
I was a little girl and scarcely knew anything, and this old man seemed to me such a different sort of a man from anybody I had ever seen before that I thought he had perhaps come down from the sky to preach to us, and I said, 'Aunt, will he go back to the sky to-night, like the picture in the Bible?
Dear friends, come and take this blessedness; it is offered to you; it is the good news that Jesus came to preach to the poor.
And in return you preach to your employers the brands of metaphysics that are especially acceptable to them; and the especially acceptable brands are acceptable because they do not menace the established order of society.
Jamie seems to be a good boy, but I shall preach to him if he isn't.
I laid all this before the young clergyman, who was greatly affected with it, and said to me, "Did I not say, sir, that when this man was converted he would preach to us all?
Here, take this lantern, snatching one from his sideboard; now then, go and preach to 'em
Den preach to him yourself, sullenly turning to go.
They were of the triumphant and insolent possessors; they had a hall, and a fire, and food and clothing and money, and so they might preach to hungry men, and the hungry men must be humble and listen
In the past, Hindu women had not tolerated Dalit women visiting their homes or even walking down their streets; however, women missionaries ambitiously employed Dalit women to accompany them and to preach to their Hindu counterparts.
He quickly learned that Hill is a Southern Baptist evangelist who unabashedly talks about the need to preach to public school students.
Unfortunately, with all the "wiggle room" removed from the canon laws governing preaching with the promulgation of this decree, only men will preach to the full assembly.
I'm a firm believer that only the full-time parish priest can really preach to his people with full effectiveness, because only he knows what's gone on in the parish for the past week.
Careful to add that he is "not here to preach to any other culture about what's right for it," he added, "I can help to hold up the mirror so that we can really look at ourselves.
19-20 to preach to all nations applied to him personally.
preaching from the whole spectrum of theological education, something useful might be offered to the church and particularly to those called to preach to and for the church" (2).