rake sb over the coals


rake sb over the coals
rake sb over the coals
HAUL SB OVER THE COALS(Cf. ↑haul sb over the coals)
Main Entry: rake

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  • rake someone over the coals — rake (or haul) someone over the coals reprimand someone severely * * * rake (someone) over the coals see ↑coal • • • Main Entry: ↑rake …   Useful english dictionary

  • rake someone over the coals — (USA) If you rake someone over the coals, you criticize or scold them severely …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • rake somebody over the coals — rake sb over the ˈcoals idiom (NAmE) (BrE haul sb over the ˈcoals) to criticize sb severely because they have done sth wrong Main entry: ↑rakeidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • rake someone over the coals — (USA)    If you rake someone over the coals, you criticize or scold them severely.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • rake someone over the coals — North American way of saying haul someone over the coals (see coal). → rake …   English new terms dictionary

  • rake you over the coals — lecture you, scold you, ask you to explain    I got raked over the coals for taking the car without asking …   English idioms

  • rake smb over the coals — scold, reprimand His boss raked him over the coals when he heard about the lost sales report …   Idioms and examples

  • haul/rake someone 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 (also N. Amer. rake) someone over the coals — reprimand someone severely. → coal …   English new terms dictionary

  • rake over the coals — phrasal : to censure severely : reprimand, scold was raked over the coals for his habitual lateness * * * rake (someone) over the coals see ↑coal • • • Main Entry: ↑rake …   Useful english dictionary