rake over coals


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Related to rake over coals: rake over the ashes, rake over old coals

rake (one) over the coals

To scold, reprimand, or reprove someone severely for an error or mistake. I was raked over the coals by my boss last week for messing up the accounting software. I know Mary messed up, but don't rake her over the coals too hard for it.
See also: coal, over, rake

rake over (old) coals (or rake over the ashes)

revive the memory of a past event which is best forgotten. chiefly British
See also: coal, over, rake