Definition of Talking to
1. Noun. A lengthy rebuke. "The teacher gave him a talking to"
Generic synonyms: Rebuke, Reprehension, Reprimand, Reproof, Reproval
Specialized synonyms: Preaching, Sermon, Curtain Lecture
Derivative terms: Lecture, Speechify
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Literary usage of Talking to
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York by Daniel Defoe (1790)
"... he would be talking to him, and telling him one ftory or another of his travels, and of what had happened to him abroad, to divert him. ..."
2. Galateo: Or, a Treatise on Politeness and Delicacy of Manners. Addressed to by Giovanni Della Casa (1774)
"... when we are talking to any one ; for it frequently happens, ... while they are talking to you, as if they were driving away the flies from you : all ..."
3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1912)
"... presses better than he could clean them, and Trice said, 'You had better wish you were as good an oil man- as LM Cade.' He was talking to Henry Clark. ..."