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have a quiet word (with somebody)

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhave a quiet word (with somebody)have a quiet word (with somebody)especially British EnglishPRIVATE/PERSONAL to talk to someone privately when you want to criticize them or tell them about something serious Brian’s just not keeping up with the workload. Can you have a quiet word? quiet
Examples from the Corpus
have a quiet word (with somebody)When all they needed to do was lift up the phone and have a quiet word.
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