call over the coals

call over the coals
call over the coals
To reprimand, from the discipline applied to heretics
coal

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  • haul\ over\ the\ coals — • haul over the coals • rake over the coals v. phr. To criticize sharply; rebuke; scold. The sergeant raked the soldier over the coals for being late for roll call. Syn.: dress down …   Словарь американских идиом

  • rake\ over\ the\ coals — • haul over the coals • rake over the coals v. phr. To criticize sharply; rebuke; scold. The sergeant raked the soldier over the coals for being late for roll call. Syn.: dress down …   Словарь американских идиом

  • haul over the coals — or[rake over the coals] {v. phr.} To criticize sharply; rebuke; scold. * /The sergeant raked the soldier over the coals for being late for roll call./ Syn.: DRESS DOWN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • haul over the coals — or[rake over the coals] {v. phr.} To criticize sharply; rebuke; scold. * /The sergeant raked the soldier over the coals for being late for roll call./ Syn.: DRESS DOWN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • To haul over the coals — Coal Coal (k[=o]l), n. [AS. col; akin to D. kool, OHG. chol, cholo, G. kohle, Icel. kol, pl., Sw. kol, Dan. kul; cf. Skr. jval to burn. Cf. {Kiln}, {Collier}.] 1. A thoroughly charred, and extinguished or still ignited, fragment from wood or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To haul over the coals — Haul Haul (h[add]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hauled} (h[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hauling}.] [OE. halen, halien, F. haler, of German or Scand. origin; akin to AS. geholian to acquire, get, D. halen to fetch, pull, draw, OHG. hol[=o]n, hal[=o]n, G.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rake over the coals — verb To call to task or to reprimand severely …   Wiktionary

  • The New Statesman — For the current affairs magazine, see New Statesman. For other uses, see New Statesmen. infobox television show name = The New Statesman genre = Satirical sitcom creator = Laurence Marks Maurice Gran executive producer = David Reynolds John… …   Wikipedia

  • call down — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To entreat] Syn. invoke, supplicate, request; see appeal 1 , beg 1 , summon . 2. [*To scold sharply] Syn. rebuke, chide, admonish; see censure , scold . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To criticize for a fault or an offense:… …   English dictionary for students

  • coals, call or haul over the —  Reprimand …   A concise dictionary of English slang

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