Definition of haul someone over the coals in English:

haul someone over the coals

phrase

British
  • Reprimand someone severely.

    ‘bank chiefs are to be hauled over the coals by the Chancellor’
    • ‘I would hope Bertie has hauled him over the coals and, if he hasn't, it shouldn't be too late even now for him to do so.’
    • ‘We got hauled over the coals by management for it - even though all the evidence showed us to be in the right.’
    • ‘The bank was hauled over the coals last year for mortgage redemption penalties which left homeowners facing bills of tens of thousands of pounds.’
    • ‘Yesterday the Assistant Speaker spent a lot of time in the House hauling me over the coals for apparently using unparliamentary language.’
    • ‘If a player steps out of line then he gets hauled over the coals by the FA.’
    • ‘Having been hauled over the coals by both the media and the Treasury Select Committee for its disastrous investment policy, he is now determined to rebuild the firm's reputation.’