teach (someone) a lesson

Definition of teach (someone) a lesson

  1. :  to make it less likely that a person will repeat doing something bad I'm glad they got caught. That will teach them a lesson!

Word by Word Definitions

teachplay
  1. :  to cause to know something

    :  to cause to know how

    :  to accustom to some action or attitude

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

lessonplay
  1. :  a passage from sacred writings read in a service of worship

    :  a piece of instruction

    :  a reading or exercise to be studied by a pupil

  1. :  to give a lesson to :  instruct

    :  lecture, rebuke


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