from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An abundant or excessive amount of something heard, such as talk or music.
  • noun Gossip, especially of an intimate or scandalous nature.
  • noun A scolding or reprimand.

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  • noun informal a reprimand, castigation or telling off
  • noun informal intimate gossip

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  • noun a severe scolding
  • noun an outpouring of gossip


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  • Foreign ministers gave Nyan Win an "earful" from the opening dinner onwards, ASEAN secretary general Surin Pitsuwan told Asia Times Online on the sidelines of the meeting.

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