Curtain Lecture

The nagging of a wife after her husband is in bed. The lectures of Mrs. Caudle in Punch are first-rate caricatures of these “small cattle.”

Besides what endless brawls by wives are bred,
The curtain lecture makes a mournful bed.

Dryden.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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