Значение идиомы lay down the law

[lay down the law] {v. phr.} 1. To give strict orders.

Theteacher lays down the law about homework every afternoon.

2. To speakseverely or seriously about a wrongdoing; scold.

The principalcalled in the students and laid down the law to them about skippingclasses.

Compare: TELL ONE WHERE TO GET OFF.


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