down the banks

noun /daʊn d̪ə bæŋks/
a severe criticism, scolding, reprimand, or punishment

Independent woters aint the chalk—and the has done it!— Theyve spiled the trade. Sams done it—Amerikins has done it! Take em up for interfeerin with other peoples bisness. Give em down the banks; send em up ninety days ; give em that,"—and he struck straight out at an imaginary head, with a force that sent him with a lurch across the sidewalk, up against the side of the buildings.

Syn: bollocking, dressing-down, tongue-lashing, chew someone out, eat the head off

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