Teach someone a lesson

Definition

To give someone an unfavorable experience with the goal of discouraging similar behavior in the future.

Examples

He was caught stealing, so his parents taught him a lesson.

She was given a detention to teach her a lesson about being late.

His teacher wanted to teach him a lesson about not paying attention in class.

The coach taught the team a lesson about working together.

His parents wanted to teach him a lesson about taking responsibility.

Origin

Unknown.

FAQs

Q

What does ‘Teach someone a lesson’ mean?

A

To give someone an unfavorable experience with the goal of discouraging similar behavior in the future.