take to the woodshed
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
To reprimand or punish (someone).
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