take (one) behind the woodshed

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take (one) behind the woodshed

To punish, reprimand, or reprove someone, especially discreetly, secretly, or in private. Many suspect that the president took the former aide behind the woodshed over his inflammatory remarks to the press.
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That appears to be the takeaway from recent regulatory cases where companies have been taken behind the woodshed for not monitoring their star chief executives.
I'm not making excuses for our guys, we got taken behind the woodshed tonight, but you're not surprised it's going to happen at some point."
The Marlins, who already were taken behind the woodshed for being in viola...
The dollar was taken behind the woodshed again overnight as rising commodity prices and a jump in Chinese PMI helped boost risk appetite.