a working over

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a working over

A harsh reprimand, often one that lasts a lengthy amount of time. She gave her teenage daughter a good working over for breaking curfew. I got a good working over from the professor after I submitted my project late.
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*a (good) working over

a good scolding. (*Typically: get ~ have ~ give someone ∼.) The boss gave me a good working over before firing me. She got a working over about her performance on the project.
See also: over, working
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