the rough edge of your tongue
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 tonguea scolding.
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