teach (someone) a lesson

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of teach (someone) a lesson

: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

teach play
  1. : to cause to know something

  2. : to cause to know how

  3. : to accustom to some action or attitude

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

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

  2. : a piece of instruction

  3. : a reading or exercise to be studied by a pupil

  1. : to give a lesson to : instruct

  2. : lecture, rebuke


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