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tongue-lashing

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tongue-lashing rebuking a person harshly
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tongue-lashing A scolding; wordy abuse or vituperation.
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.”

Idioms

Tongue-lashing - If you give someone a tongue-lashing, you scold them.
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Usage

In literature:

Each snarling lash of the stormy sea Curled like a hungry tongue.
"American Poetry, 1922" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
He lashed them off with his tongue.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
They show their rage by thrusting out the tongue, lashing the tail, and projecting the eyes.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
To lash somebody, anybody, with his tongue would have been a solace.
"The Wall Between" by Sara Ware Bassett
He wept under the lash of the corporal's tongue; and to Doggie these tears were healing dews of Heaven's distillation.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
Rosalie was asleep, with her graceful head lying on Silver Tongue's breast and her long lashes still wet with tears.
"Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas" by Lloyd Osbourne
The strong, broad-shouldered man bowed as if under the lash; he became pale as death, and actually touched the boot with his tongue.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
Felipe looked at him a moment, but did not try to force him with tongue or lash.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton
Up there in his garret-room the troubles fall away from him, and he forgets the lash of Mrs. Patrick's tongue.
"An Isle in the Water" by Katharine Tynan
You are safe from the world's tongue lashings, and in that safety is the danger against which my friendship warns you.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
He just stands there and looks at his toes, while Maizie tongue lashes first me and then him.
"Side-stepping with Shorty" by Sewell Ford
His tongue-lashing included them all.
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
It was plain the man had been giving Garret a tongue lashing.
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery
She was for going to Rowdy Canon without delay to bestow a tongue-lashing on the widow.
"The Sheriff of Badger" by George B. Pattullo
He probably got a tongue-lashing from Grant, Stone told himself.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
It was another to listen to her hard, pitiless words, to change colour under the lash of her gibing tongue.
"Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
A regular tirade followed, and John realized that he must do his work well to escape a tongue-lashing.
"Cattle-Ranch to College" by Russell Doubleday
Chaplain Parker must do some tall preaching to make good what he has lost by that tongue-lashing.
"Diary of an Enlisted Man" by Lawrence Van Alstyne
The entrance of Doctor Jones at that moment saved Sam from a severe tongue-lashing from the married men present.
"The Morning Glory Club" by George A. Kyle
Brad, bewildered by the tongue lashing he had received, called the telephone number again.
"Dan Carter Cub Scout" by Mildred A. Wirt
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In poetry:

Each snarling lash of the stormy sea
Curled like a hungry tongue.
One desperate splash--and no use to me
The noose that swung!
"Rescue" by Jean Starr Untermeyer

In news:

Trina caught a tongue-lashing from you for charging Toni as her background singer, something you've never done.
Portsmouth woman gives driver a televised tongue- lashing .
Appeals court gives EPA a tongue lashing over Clean Air Act.
Pop gives Spurs tongue- lashing .
Pop gives Spurs tongue lashing at halftime.
Popovich's tongue- lashing at Parker sums up why the Spurs continue to dominate.
Jefferson Parish gets tongue- lashing over arts center project.
It took a few years, but Tom Cruise says he regrets the tongue- lashing he gave Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today" show the last time he was on.
Plus, did Blake get a tongue lashing from Christina Aguilera for something he said about her.
Portsmouth woman gives driver a televised tongue lashing - dailypress.com.
Pop gives Spurs tongue-lashing .
Popovich's tongue-lashing at Parker sums up why the Spurs continue to dominate.
Jefferson Parish gets tongue-lashing over arts center project.
It took a few years, but Tom Cruise says he regrets the tongue-lashing he gave Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today" show the last time he was on.
Think what a good tongue-lashing can do for a team like the Milwaukee Brewers.
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