from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A scolding; a dressing-down.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rebuke or reprimand

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A reprimand; a scolding: as, to give one a good talking-to.


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  • Why is talking-to frequently prefaced by "good"? A talking-to is seldom pleasant, or good.

    December 6, 2010