a trip to the woodshed

a trip to the woodshed

An act or instance of punishment or reproval, especially when done discreetly or privately. He'll be taking a trip to the woodshed when his father hear what he's done. The boss gave me a trip to the woodshed for my failure to secure the Goldblum account.
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trip to the woodshed

An instance of being reprimanded or punished.
See also: trip, woodshed
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Following a trip to the woodshed with House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and then-majority leader-Tom DeLay (R-Texas), Pence emerged to voice his support for the Republican plan to make President Bush a bigger spender than Lyndon B.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and other GOP congressional leaders had better get ready for a trip to the woodshed.