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English verb: have words

1. have words (communication) censure severely or angrily


SamplesThe mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car.
The deputy ragged the Prime Minister.
The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup.


Synonymsbawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, take to task, trounce


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart


Narrower (hyponym)brush down, castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate, tell off









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