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Ream-out

DEFINITION

Verbal admonishment. The term derives from a mechanic’s tool to ream or clean out a metal tube to remove unwanted material, so the phrasing implies a severe cleaning suggesting a stern warning.

“After I came home lateĀ  on Saturday my dad reamed me out good.”

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