lecture at (one)

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lecture at (one)

To give one a stern talk meant to educate or enlighten. Every time my parents start lecturing at me about fiscal responsibility, I just try to tune them out. Instead of just lecturing at your staff, why don't you try leading by example?
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lecture at someone (about something)

to talk to someone about something in the manner of a lecture. There is no need to lecture at me about the problem. I know how serious the matter is. Don't lecture at me all the time!
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One of the next times I made it over to the Ch'an Meditation Center, the Sunday morning lecturer talked on and on about how we must "drop the self." Did he really imagine a realization of the illusory nature of the self could be grafted on to our experience by lecturing at us?