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tongue-lashing

Syllabification: tongue-lash·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈtəNGˌlaSHiNG
 
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Definition of tongue-lashing in English:

noun

[in singular]
A loud or severe scolding: the incensed boss gave him a tongue-lashing
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • If the agreement is broken, the miscreant can expect a severe tongue-lashing from the other riders.
  • I had to bite my tongue not to give him a tongue-lashing.

Derivatives

tongue-lash

1
verb
Example sentences
  • The very idea that Sharp has been excessively tongue-lashed is absurd.
  • By the end there were maybe half a dozen haggard figures sitting in a room, being tongue-lashed by this pedagogic monster.
  • Mathian's so far negligible exploits certainly hadn't earned him the right to tongue-lash this man.

Words that rhyme with tongue-lashing

square-bashing

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