from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A scolding; a dressing-down.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A rebuke or reprimand


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

    December 6, 2010