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vb. 1 (context idiomatic of two or more parties English) To argue, to have an argument. 2 (context idiomatic of one party followed by ''with'' English) To speak sternly, angrily, or in an argumentative manner to.

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v. 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" [syn: call on the carpet, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, lambaste, lambast]