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  • n. an admonition or reprimand


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  • I would expect Gordon to get a stern ticking-off at the least. '

    Gordon Brown may be about to face censure, not that you would know from the BBC

  • Inspector Jenks regretfully decided that he would have to give Fatty a good ticking-off.


  • Mr. Goon felt that he would quite like to give somebody a really good ticking-off!


  • So that ticking-off from the boss as you arrive smiling at your desk may come as something of a shock.

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  • Had Mrs Burrows made her remark in Parliament Square, rather than in a radio studio, she might have received more than just an offensive ticking-off from the local thought police.

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  • A perfectly normal ticking-off can feel like the end of the world to them.

    A Place of Execution

  • She said that my uncle had given her a proper ticking-off for never seeing that I was no threat to her, and she was willing, if I were, to try and sort things out between us.

    To The Hilt

  • 'Yes, Minister,' replied Turk, expecting a resumption of the ticking-off he had received the previous night.


  • She knew that Miss Roberts definitely meant to be unkind at that moment, and she felt that all the girls, except perhaps Pam, silently approved of Miss Roberts's sharp tongue, and were pleased at her 'ticking-off.'

    Summer Term At St Clare's

  • Fatty didn't want to ring up the Chief Inspector quite so soon after his ticking-off - and if Goon knew, he could report the matter himself.

    The Mystery of the Vanished Prince


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