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scold (one) about (something)

To rebuke, upbraid, or criticize one about some problem, error, mistake, or wrongdoing. The manager scolded the entire team about the disastrous launch of their latest product. He scolded his daughter about the crayon marks all over the walls.
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scold (one) for (something)

To rebuke, upbraid, or criticize one for some failure, error, mistake, or wrongdoing they have committed. The manager scolded him in front of entire team for being late again. He scolded his daughter for drawing all over the walls with her crayons. I had better go study. I don't need my parents scolding me for another low test score.
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Ms Scolding added there was "an excessive emphasis upon forgiveness, which allowed individuals to go without justice and for individuals who complained of abuse feeling isolated if they did not 'forgive' their abuser".
It must be the morning scolding from the big man with the microphone, I thought, must have sapped their sense of humour.
Bardsley's research on the types of women prosecuted for scolding is also highly valuable.
Through interviews with Danish and American children and adults in preschool programs and schools, Sigsgaard looks at how children are affected by frequent and severe scolding. He includes suggestions so that children and adults can treat each other in everyday life in a way that avoids scolding.
But many of his flock will think the scolding is a bit rich, coming from him as he swans around in his chauffeurdriven car.
Andrew Sullivan's latest column scolding the gay community and exhorting them to do more to help gays worldwide was an exercise in irony.
And Bailey is generous rather than scolding: These mannequins may have been manipulated, but, like her books and letters, they also attain a genuine sense of autonomy.
Many of us cannot recall every detail of our weddings, but we can recount word for word a scolding we received as children decades ago.
Hot stoves and scolding water have injured more Bronx residents than almost any other injury.
In a mischievous synergy between words and motion, he alternated his delightfully devilish tongue twisters with strange voices that came through him--chanting, warning, scolding, pontificating.
This involves exaggerating about a supposedly ultra-conservative GOP while scolding Democrats for being "watered-down Republicans," as CBS's Harry Smith put it to Democratic Party honcho Terry McAuliffe.
Democrats who opposed budget-balancing measures in the '90s are now scolding the Republican-controlled House and White House for their spendthrift ways.
We hear warmth in a letter written to a woman who lost five sons in the war, firmness in one sent to a family member who has shown lack of industry, a scolding tone to a young man who feels his talents are underutilized when he is assigned to command only 3,000 men, and firm resolution when he exhorts his generals to press the war more diligently.
But what Rosenblatt--author of a memoir of attending Harvard during the Vietnam War and the new, free-filled Rules for Aging--has in mind isn't really a rejection of juvenalian satire but a scolding of a younger crew that never tool generational spokesmen like himself seriously.