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EtymologyEdit

From read the Riot Act. See sense 2.

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read someone the riot act

  1. (idiomatic) To scold or berate somebody; to reprimand.
    She really read him the riot act about his smoking habit.
  2. (Britain, Commonwealth of Nations, archaic, historical) To give a formal warning for a riotous assembly to disperse, usually through reading a section of the Riot Act.

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