read (someone) the riot act

Definition of read (someone) the riot act

  1. :  to speak in an angry and critical way to (someone who has done something wrong) :  to tell (someone) that bad behavior will be severely punished if it continues His boss read him the riot act for making careless mistakes.

Word by Word Definitions

readplay
  1. :  to receive or take in the sense of (letters, symbols, etc.) especially by sight or touch

    :  to study the movements of with mental formulation of the communication expressed

    :  to utter aloud the printed or written words of

  1. :  instructed by or informed through reading

  1. :  a period of reading

    :  something (such as a book) that is read

    :  the action or an instance of reading

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

riotplay
  1. :  profligate behavior :  debauchery

    :  unrestrained revelry

    :  noise, uproar, or disturbance made by revelers

  1. :  to indulge in revelry or wantonness

    :  to create or engage in a riot

  1. :  the doing of a thing :  deed

    :  something done voluntarily

    :  the process of doing something :  action

  1. :  to take action :  move

    :  to conduct oneself :  behave

    :  to perform on the stage

  1. : active

    : actor

    : actual


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