ear-wigging

n
British
a synonym for 'ear-bashing', punning on the earwig insect and the 19th-century colloquial use of 'wig' to mean scold
► 'That didn't stop [David] Puttnam giving [Christopher] Patten a severe ear-wigging from the green pulpit last week.' (Sunday Times, 26 November 1989)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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