take (one) to the woodshed

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take (one) to the woodshed

To punish, reprimand, or reprove someone, especially discreetly, secretly, or in private. Many suspect that the president took the former aide to the woodshed over his inflammatory remarks to the press.
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take someone to the woodshed

reprove or punish someone, especially discreetly. US informal, dated
This expression referred to the former practice of taking a naughty child to a woodshed to be punished, out of sight of other people.
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take (someone) to the woodshed

To reprimand or punish (someone).
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Late last month, T&G Editor Harry Whitin let two furious columnists take him to the woodshed after he publicly apologized for a satirical column.