Meaning of “haul/drag sb over the coals” in the English Dictionary

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"haul/drag sb over the coals" in British English

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haul/drag sb over the coals

to speak angrily to someone because they have done something you disapprove of:

He was hauled over the coals for coming in late for work.

(Definition of “haul/drag sb over the coals” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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