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Rake over the coals


Strongly reprimand. Imagine being pulled across burning coals, yikes!  (Compare to Catch hell, Tongue-lashing, Tell-off, Send to the woodpile or Put in their place.)

“When the boss found out he lost our big account, he was raked over the coals.”

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