speak to (one) like a Dutch uncle

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speak to (one) like a Dutch uncle

To criticize or reprove someone in a stern, frank, and candid manner. I know I'm speaking to you like a Dutch uncle, but these are hard truths you need to hear. If your company is going to survive, you need someone who's willing to speak to you like a Dutch uncle when necessary.
See also: Dutch, like, speak, to, uncle
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