give (someone) the rough side of (one's) tongue(redirected from give me the rough side of their tongues)
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give (someone) the rough side of (one's) tongue
To give someone severe criticism or a stern reprimand. I thought my project was fine, but did you hear Ms. Miller's critique? Boy, she gave me the rough side of her tongue after class!
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give someone the rough side of your tongueor
give someone the rough edge of your tongueBRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If you give someone the rough side of your tongue or the rough edge of your tongue, you speak angrily to them about something that they have done wrong. He's really going to give the boy the rough side of his tongue. Note: You can also say that someone gets the rough side or edge of your tongue or feels the rough side or edge of your tongue. As Archer watched the others walk away, he knew he was going to get the rough edge of his father's tongue. They felt the rough edge of their captain's tongue when things went wrong.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
- give (someone) the rough edge of (one's) tongue
- give someone the rough side of your tongue
- a lick with the rough side of the tongue
- get a (good) working over
- give someone an earful
- give (one) an earful
- put (someone or something) under a microscope
- get after
- get after (someone or something)
- call (one) to task