Meaning of “talking-to” in the English Dictionary

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"talking-to" in British English

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talking-tonoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈtɔː.kɪŋ.tuː/ us /ˈtɑː.kɪŋ.tuː/ informal

a severe talk with someone who has done something wrong:

I gave her a good talking-to about doing her homework on time.

(Definition of “talking-to” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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