English version

read (somebody) the riot act

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishread (somebody) the riot actread (somebody) the riot actTELL somebody OFFto give someone a strong warning that they must stop causing trouble – used humorously If the kids don’t settle down soon, I’ll go up and read them the riot act. riot
Examples from the Corpus
read (somebody) the riot actStephanie read Ted the riot act for seeing his old girlfriend.
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