- A harsh criticism.
verb (rebuk, ing)
- Lord Lundy Who was too Freely Moved to Tears, and thereby ruined his Political Career. Hillair Belloc.
:...Or if his father Lord Dunquerque
:Said "Hi!" in a Commanding Tone,
:"Hi, Lundy! leave the cat alone!"
:Lord Lundy, letting go its tail,
:Would raise so terrible a wail
:As moved his grandpapa the Duke
:To utter the severe :
:"When I, sir! was a little boy,
:An animal was not a toy!"
Etymology: From Old French rebuchier, "to repulse". Of doubtful origin, maybe connected with French bouche, "mouth".
- To criticise harshly; to reprove.
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