haul sb over the coals


haul sb over the coals
haul sb over the coals US also rake sb over the coals)
to criticize someone severely for something they have done: »

Top ministers were hauled over the coals by the select committee for failing to disclose vital information in the inquiry.

Main Entry: haul

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • haul somebody over the coals — haul sb over the ˈcoals idiom (BrE) (NAmE rake sb over the ˈcoals) to criticize sb severely because they have done sth wrong • I was hauled over the coals by my boss for being late. Main e …   Useful english dictionary

  • haul someone over the coals — If you haul someone over the coals, you reprimand them severely …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • haul someone over the coals — british phrase to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong. The American expression is rake someone over the coals . Thesaurus: to criticize, accuse or blamesynonym to say something, or to speak to someone in an angry… …   Useful english dictionary

  • haul someone over the coals — drag/haul (someone) over the coals to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong. If I make a spelling mistake, I get hauled over the coals by my boss. They dragged her over the coals for being late with her assignment.… …   New idioms dictionary

  • haul/rake over the coals — haul/rake (someone) over the coals informal : to criticize (someone) very severely I arrived late for the meeting and was immediately hauled over the coals by my boss. • • • Main Entry: ↑coal …   Useful english dictionary

  • haul somebody over the coals — verb To express anger with someone in no uncertain terms when they do something wrong. The teacher hauled him over the coals for smoking in the toilets. Syn: give somebody a dressing down, give somebody a telling off, read somebody the riot act,… …   Wiktionary

  • haul someone over the coals — British to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong. The American expression is rake someone over the coals …   English dictionary

  • haul one over the coals — phrasal : to criticize or reprimand : take to task : censure hauled him over the coals for loafing on the job …   Useful english dictionary

  • haul someone over the coals — see coal. → haul …   English new terms dictionary

  • haul over the coals — drag/haul (someone) over the coals to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong. If I make a spelling mistake, I get hauled over the coals by my boss. They dragged her over the coals for being late with her assignment.… …   New idioms dictionary