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upbraid (verb) scold severely.

When you upbraid somebody you scold them severely. You speak to them angrily or criticize them strongly because they have done something, which you donít like.

  • The manager upbraided the clerk for quoting wrong prices of their products in an invoice to a customer. The manager scolded the clerk severely for the wrong thing he had done.
  • When the boss upbraided her for not completing the work on time, Ruth resigned her job. She could not bear the boss scolding severely.
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