take to the woodshed

take (one) to the woodshed

To punish, reprimand, or reprove someone, especially discreetly, secretly, or in private. Many suspect that the president took the former aide to the woodshed over his inflammatory remarks to the press.
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take (someone) to the woodshed

To reprimand or punish (someone).
See also: take, woodshed