a flea in one's ear
/ɐ flˈiː ɪn wˈʌnz ˈɪɹ/
a sharp expression of one's disapproval or criticism of someone as a result of their action or behavior
to have a go
/hæv ɐ ɡˈoʊ/
to criticize someone severely because of what they said or did
to read sb the riot act
/ɹˈiːd ˌɛsbˈiː ðə ɹˈaɪət ˈækt/
to angrily warn or threaten someone so that they will not make the same mistake
to rake sb/sth over the coals
/ɹˈeɪk ˌɛsbˈiː slˈæʃ ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ ˌoʊvɚ ðə kˈoʊlz/
to severely criticize someone because of their mistake
to drag sb/sth over the coals
/dɹˈæɡ ˌɛsbˈiː slˈæʃ ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ ˌoʊvɚ ðə kˈoʊlz/
to subject someone to severe criticism
let sb have it
/lˈɛt ˌɛsbˈiː hˈæv ɪt/
to violently criticize or punish a person over what they did or said
to whale on sb/sth
/wˈeɪl ˌɑːn ˌɛsbˈiː slˈæʃ ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/
to strongly criticize someone or something for something bad that has happened
water off a duck's back
/wˈɔːɾɚɹ ˈɔf ɐ dˈʌks bˈæk/
(of criticisms or warnings) failing to have any effect on a person
in / on the firing line
/ɪn ˌɑːn ðə fˈaɪɚɹɪŋ lˈaɪn/
likely to receive much criticism
be on the receiving end
/ɑːnðə ɹɪsˈiːvɪŋ ˈɛnd/
to experience the effects or consequences of actions, often from others
in full cry
/ɪn fˈʊl kɹˈaɪ/
used to refer to the act of doing something with a lot of energy and excitement
to throw / pour cold water on sth
/θɹˈoʊ pˈoːɹ kˈoʊld wˈɔːɾɚɹ ˌɑːn ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/
to demotivate a person by talking negatively about their plans or opinions
the pot calling the kettle black
/ðə pˈɑːt kˈɔːlɪŋ ðə kˈɛɾəl blˈæk/
used when someone is criticizing another for a fault that they have as well
to take a beating
/tˈeɪk ɐ bˈiːɾɪŋ/
to face strong negative feedback or verbal abuse
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