the rough side of (one's) tongue

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the rough side of (one's) tongue

A harsh scolding or rebuke; a verbal lashing. The teacher gave us the rough side of her tongue after she caught us reading comics in the back of class. I know you feel they deserve the rough side of your tongue at times, but you need to show some restraint or you're going to lose their respect.
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Essex felt the rough side of his tongue when they sacked his friend Paul Prichard three years ago - and he was off to Lancashire at the start of 2002.
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