One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the magistrate came down on him like a ton of bricks’
reprimand, rebuke, reproach, scold, admonish, reprove, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, upbraid, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, haul over the coals, criticize, censure
punish, penalize, discipline, tan someone's hide, whip someone's hide, mete out punishment to, bring someone to book, teach someone a lesson, make an example of
informal tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, let someone have it, bawl out, give someone hell, blow up, pitch into, lay into, lace into, give someone a caning, slap down, blast, rag, keelhaul, throw the book at
British informal tick off, have a go at, carpet, monster, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, give someone a rollicking, wig, give someone a wigging, give someone a row, row
North American informal chew out, ream out, tear down
British vulgar slang bollock, give someone a bollocking
North American vulgar slang chew someone's ass, ream someone's ass
dated call down, rate, give someone a rating, trim
rare reprehend, objurgate
archaic chasten, recompense, visit
praise, compliment, commend, pardon, exonerate
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.