the rough edge of (one's) tongue

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the rough edge of (one's) tongue

A harsh scolding or rebuke; a verbal lashing. The teacher gave us the rough edge of her tongue after she caught us reading comics in the back of class. I know you feel they deserve the rough edge of your tongue at times, but you need to show some restraint or you're going to lose their respect.
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the rough edge (or side) of your tongue

a scolding.
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He certainly gives drinking pals the rough edge of his tongue when his throat's dry and the pub run is in any way delayed.
Their afternoon took a disastrous turn, however, when Hopkins gave the linesman the rough edge of his tongue after a horrific challenge on Ryan Slinn did not produce a red card.
He was the sort you looked at on the park and thought, 'I don't want to go in and face the rough edge of his tongue at half-time'.
You would sometimes get the rough edge of his tongue when you read something to him which showed him in a less favourable light, but he always apologised the next day.
As for Blackburn, manager Graeme Souness lost his usual fiery eloquence, and even his players escaped the rough edge of his tongue.
Fabien Barthez and Cole both felt the rough edge of his tongue as the full force of his desire erupted in a first half when United went 2-0 up without ever stretching themselves.
Even Advocaat got the rough edge of his tongue in the middle of a press briefing on Thursday.
Princess Anne got the rough edge of his tongue in 1973.
Cyril Smith touched the lives of all who met him, including those who felt the rough edge of his tongue.
The dominant force which Whyte provides can mean some of his team mates feeling the rough edge of his tongue, as Jess revealed:
The manager had a go at his players during the interval at the weekend and that is not like him but Gordon has praised them all season long and now they are getting the rough edge of his tongue.