drag (one) over the coals

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drag (one) over the coals

To scold, reprimand, or reprove someone severely for an error or mistake. I was dragged over the coals by my boss last week for messing up the accounting software. I know Mary messed up, but don't drag her over the coals too hard for it.
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He was dragged over the coals by FIFA for that miss, who claimed it was an "attack not a tackle".
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