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six of the best

Physical punishment of a child for bad behavior, traditionally six strikes from a paddle or cane. When I was growing up, teachers wouldn't hesitate to give you six of the best for mouthing off in class. These days, most teachers are afraid to even raise their voices at their pupils.
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six of the best

a caning as a punishment, traditionally with six strokes of the cane.
Six of the best was formerly a common punishment in boys' schools, but it is now chiefly historical in its literal sense and tends to be used figuratively or humorously.
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