The 'talking-to' group
These nouns refer to verbal and physical punishment. This use is productive: other ways of talking about punishment are also sometimes used with a.
beating blast bollocking dressing-down earful pasting pounding rap roasting rollicking smack talking-to telling-off thrashing ticking-off
I try to reason with him but sometimes he just doesn't listen and I end up shouting at him or giving him a smack.
He was put in the back of a police car and given a talking-to.
Both networks got an earful yesterday from angry viewers.