curtain lecture


plural curtain lectures
dated : a private scolding or lecture by a wife to her husband

Word History


from its originally being given behind the curtains of a bed

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of curtain lecture was in 1633

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Cite this Entry

“Curtain lecture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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