(A). A slashing review.
“He cut it up root and branch ... He gave it what he technically styled `a slating'; and as he threw down his pen ... he muttered, `I think I've pretty well settled that dunce's business.” —The World, February 24th, 1892, p. 24.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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