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Synonyms of scold in English:


  • Mum took Anna away, scolding her for her bad behaviour
    informaltell 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, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, let someone have it, send someone away with a flea in their ear, bawl out, give someone hell, come down on, blow up, pitch into, lay into, lace into, give someone a caning, put on the mat, slap down, blast, rag, keelhaul
    North American informalchew out, ream out, take to the woodshed
    British vulgar slangbollock, give someone a bollocking
    North American vulgar slangchew someone's ass, ream someone's ass
    datedcall down, rate, give someone a rating, trim
    [Antonyms] praise, compliment
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  • archaic she is turning into a scold
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