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  • as inbring to book
  • as incastigate
  • as indecree
  • as indictate
  • as indispose
  • as inlambaste
  • as inreprove

synonyms for read the riot act

  • call on the carpet
  • take to task
  • tongue-lash
  • berate
  • censure
  • chastise
  • criticize
  • excoriate
  • flog
  • lambaste
  • lash
  • penalize
  • pummel
  • punish
  • rebuke
  • reprimand
  • scold
  • upbraid
  • baste
  • beat
  • blister
  • cane
  • chasten
  • correct
  • discipline
  • drub
  • flay
  • rail
  • rate
  • ream
  • scarify
  • scorch
  • scourge
  • thrash
  • whip
  • bawl out
  • chew out
  • come down on
  • drag over the coals
  • dress down
  • jump down one's throat
  • lay out
  • lean on
  • scathe
  • tongue-lash
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How to use read the riot act in a sentence

But Mrs. Dodd, the present vicar's wife, retained the precious prerogative of choosing the book to be read at the monthly Dorcas.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
Now first we shall want our pupil to understand, speak, read and write the mother tongue well.
THE SALVAGING OF CIVILISATIONH. G. (HERBERT GEORGE) WELLS
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
No man should regard the subject of religion as decided for him until he has read The Golden Bough.
GOD AND MY NEIGHBOURROBERT BLATCHFORD
He caught himself in the act of listening to you too credulously—and that seemed to him unmanly and dishonorable.
CONFIDENCEHENRY JAMES
He was aware that his act by this time, had helped nobody, had made no one happy or satisfied—not even himself.
THE HOMESTEADEROSCAR MICHEAUX
He had, however, recovered sufficiently to enable him to act with promptitude and discretion.
THE GIANT OF THE NORTHR.M. BALLANTYNE
Davy read this over two or three times, in the greatest perplexity, and then gave it up in despair.
DAVY AND THE GOBLINCHARLES E. CARRYL
This seems to be contrary to the spirit and intent of the act, which is primarily to centralize reserves in Federal Reserve Banks.
READINGS IN MONEY AND BANKINGCHESTER ARTHUR PHILLIPS
The Act permits member banks to accept an amount of bills not exceeding 50 per cent.
READINGS IN MONEY AND BANKINGCHESTER ARTHUR PHILLIPS
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WORDS RELATED TO READ THE RIOT ACT

  • call on the carpet
  • read the riot act
  • take to task
  • tongue-lash
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.