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read (sb) the riot act

to ​speakangrily to someone about something they have done and ​warn that ​person that they will be ​punished if it ​happens again : He'd put up with a lot of ​badbehaviour from his ​son and ​thought it was ​time to read him the ​riotact.
(Definition of read (sb) the riot act from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “read (sb) the riot act”
in Chinese (Simplified) 严厉警告(某人)不得再犯…
in Chinese (Traditional) 嚴厲警告(某人)不得再犯…
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