Definition of haul someone over the coals in English:

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haul someone over the coals

British Reprimand someone severely: bank chiefs are to be hauled over the coals by the Chancellor
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  • I would hope Bertie has hauled him over the coals and, if he hasn't, it shouldn't be too late even now for him to do so.
  • Yesterday the Assistant Speaker spent a lot of time in the House hauling me over the coals for apparently using unparliamentary language.
  • Having been hauled over the coals by both the media and the Treasury Select Committee for its disastrous investment policy, he is now determined to rebuild the firm's reputation.
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