Definition of tongue-lashing in English:

tongue-lashing

noun

  • [in singular] A loud or severe scolding.

    ‘the incensed boss gave him a tongue-lashing’
    • ‘Nobody is beyond rebuke, particularly if they happen to have anything to do with government, and the truculent trio never worry what the fall-out might be when they decide it's time for a tongue-lashing.’
    • ‘Indeed, she even gave him a bit of a tongue-lashing.’
    • ‘Keen as mustard, fearless as well as tactless, he did not hesitate to treat even the great man himself to a barbed tongue-lashing.’
    • ‘One case mentioned several times concerned a young secretary who had suffered a number of tongue-lashings.’
    • ‘Gabriel also got a tongue-lashing from the judge who told him at his age he should have had the maturity to exercise self-control.’
    • ‘The courts have fined them, given them a tongue-lashing in the hope that they will grow up, learn from their foolish behaviour and desist from anarchical acts.’
    • ‘A half-time tongue-lashing by the boss ensured they wouldn't be caught napping again on the restart.’
    • ‘On Thursday, the coach's 10 o'clock training session was delayed by an hour as he gave his men a severe tongue-lashing about their behaviour the previous evening.’
    • ‘I had to bite my tongue not to give him a tongue-lashing.’
    • ‘Although she usually keeps her most trenchant observations for the stage, several members of Hollywood royalty have received a memorable tongue-lashing.’
    • ‘The more mature you are about taking the tongue-lashing and inevitable grounding, the more likely your folks will be to go easy on you.’
    • ‘You hear his voice, you see his face, you long for his smile of approval, you remember his tongue-lashings.’
    • ‘I heard from colleagues about tongue-lashings they had received when she was not pleased by some decision or activity.’
    • ‘As if that was not enough, I have also seen young, inexperienced service staff members being subjected to loud and harsh tongue-lashing by senior citizens.’
    • ‘Referees all too often find themselves at the end of a tongue-lashing from emotional players.’
    • ‘He gave Murphy, the chief navigator, a ferocious tongue-lashing after the ship nearly smashed into some rocks in the middle of the night, the latest in a long string of nasty confrontations.’
    • ‘Besides, Philip had had his share of my tongue-lashings.’
    • ‘Oregonians who called, but weren't from Walden's district, apparently got a bit of a tongue-lashing.’
    • ‘If the agreement is broken, the miscreant can expect a severe tongue-lashing from the other riders.’
    • ‘The company, which has received a tongue-lashing from some quarters of the fashion industry, said retail conditions had been unusually poor in August.’
    revilement, invective, condemnation, castigation, chastisement, opprobrium, rebuke, scolding, criticism, flak, disapprobation, fault-finding
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Pronunciation:

tongue-lashing

/ˈtəNGˌlaSHiNG/