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rake over the coals

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  • verbcriticize harshly
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Synonyms for rake over the coals

verb criticize harshly
  • dress-down
  • give a piece of one's mind
  • haul over the coals
  • reprimand

More words related to rake over the coals

bawl out

verb. severely reprimand
  • berate
  • castigate
  • chew out
  • dress down
  • have words
  • jump down one's throat
  • punish
  • rake over the coals
  • reprimand
  • rip into
  • scold
  • take to task
  • tell off
  • upbraid
  • yell at


verb. criticize hatefully
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