an act or expression of criticism and censure
"he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face"
censure severely or angrily
"The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"
"The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"
"The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
- call on the carpet - take to task - dress down - call down - bawl out - chew out - chew up - have words