talk to (one) like a Dutch uncle

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talk to (one) like a Dutch uncle

To criticize or reprove someone in a stern, frank, and candid manner. I know I'm talking 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 talk to you like a Dutch uncle when necessary.
See also: Dutch, like, talk, to, uncle
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Dutch uncle, talk (to one) like a

A person who reproves or criticizes someone severely. Dating from the early nineteenth century, the term appeared in print in Joseph C. Neal’s Charcoal Sketches (1837). The precise origin is not known, but it is probably safe to presume that the Dutch were considered a stern, sober people, admirably suited to giving someone a talking-to in no uncertain terms.
See also: Dutch, like, talk
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