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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And I do think that the use of spanking when less aggressive measures will suffice is worrisome – if a talking-to or time-out would do the trick, why HIT?
You forget to mention, though, that Bill McDonald sweeps in and gives those youngsters a good talking-to.
In the several Sons scenes in which we watch women attempt to escape from the community only to change their minds after a stern talking-to from the community's men, it's clear that there is mind-control going on.
Competition, after all, would mean that if the Fed doesn't preserve price stability, it will lose its monopoly franchise—not just get a tough talking-to from Congress.
I was now $1,500 lighter and had been the recipient of a firm talking-to from the tuxedo rental employee.
He knew before that key Christmas Eve game against the Jets that Justin Tuck needed a soft talking-to.
Some people believe that if you want people on your own side to behave better, you should criticize them politely when they misbehave, sometimes even giving them a sternish talking-to.
Pretty quick after Grammie gives us the talking-to, Z gets tired of playing.
"They've never really given me a talking-to about what I can and can't discuss on stage," he says.
This evening on everyone's favourite TV show, "You're Biking The Wrong Way," we see da_lj encounter two cyclists who need a talking-to. * scowl*