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Alpha Charlie

A euphemistic way to refer to an "ass-chewing," a harsh or angry scolding. (When spelling something out with the NATO phonetic alphabet, the words "alpha" and "Charlie" are commonly used for the letters A and C.) The boss is totally going to give us an Alpha Charlie if he hears that we lost that big client.
See also: alpha, Charlie
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Alpha Charlie

n. a bawling out; a severe scolding. (Based on AC = ass-chewing. NATO Phonetic Alphabet.) The cop stopped me and gave me a real Alpha Charlie for speeding.
See also: alpha, Charlie
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
answered Charlie, looking much elated at her praise.
Archie and Charlie, evidently great cronies, were pacing up and down, shoulder to shoulder, whistling "Bonnie Dundee"; Mac was reading in a corner, with his book close to his near-sighted eyes; Dandy was arranging his hair before the oval glass in the hat-stand; Geordie and Will investigating the internal economy of the moon-faced clock; and Jamie lay kicking up his heels on the mat at the foot of the stairs, bent on demanding his sweeties the instant Rose appeared.
"Some people think so, but I shouldn't like to try it," answered Charlie, laughing so he split his tea.
Archie and the Prince stared at one another rather blankly for a minute, then Archie answered with a twinkle of the eye that made Charlie explode again
"He was a powerful fellow, Tough Bill, but he didn't quite like the look of Charlie, so he began cursing him.
Anne had an uneasy doubt that it was not strictly "sensible" that she should still feel on her hand the warm pressure of Gilbert's, as distinctly as she had felt it for the swift second his had rested there; and still less sensible that the sensation was far from being an unpleasant one -- very different from that which had attended a similar demonstration on Charlie Sloane's part, when she had been sitting out a dance with him at a White Sands party three nights before.
He's bitten - and so is Charlie. I was going to tell you all about it; but you are in a bad temper, and don't deserve to hear.'
Miss Cathy rejected the peace-offering of the terrier, and demanded her own dogs, Charlie and Phoenix.
There was, of course, a lot of reality to the public Charlies. While we all care about our students, Charlie's dedication to his students was way beyond most of us.
Most folks in NCHC "knew" Charlie from sightings at our national conferences.
Then there was the contentious Charlie. Charlie loved playing devil's advocate.
We don't want there to be any other 'Charlies' who are snatched away without warning.
Charlie was so keen to impress the girls at school.
Synopsis: High-school principal, Charlie Brannigan, is known for his easy going manner until the day he crosses paths with the Newsome family.
Critique: "Charlie's Angle" clearly documents author John Paul McKinney as a skilled novelist with an impressive knack for deftly crafting an original story and populating it with memorable characters.