One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the staff were chastised for arriving late’
scold, upbraid, berate, reprimand, reprove, rebuke, admonish, chide, censure, castigate, lambaste, lecture, criticize, pull up, take to task, haul over the coals, bring to book
informal tell off, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, bawl out, blow up at, give someone an earful, give someone a caning, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, come down on someone like a ton of bricks, have someone's guts for garters, slap someone's wrist, rap over the knuckles, give someone a piece of one's mind, throw the book at, read someone the Riot Act, let someone have it, give someone hell
British informal carpet, monster, tear someone off a strip, tick off, have a go at, give someone a mouthful, give someone what for, give someone some stick, give someone a wigging
North American informal chew out, ream out
British vulgar slang bollock, give someone a bollocking
dated trim, rate, give someone a rating
archaic chasten, recompense, visit
rare reprehend, objurgate
2‘her mistress chastised her with a whip’
beat, thrash, flog, whip, horsewhip, strap, belt, cane, lash, birch, scourge, flay, flagellate
informal wallop, thump, clout, tan, tan someone's hide, beat the living daylights out of someone, give someone a good hiding
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