"scalding" in the verb sense
1. blister, scald, whip
subject to harsh criticism
"The Senator blistered the administration in his speech on Friday"
"the professor scaled the students"
"your invectives scorched the community"
treat with boiling water
"scald tomatoes so that they can be peeled"
heat to the boiling point
"scald the milk"
burn with a hot liquid or steam
"She scalded her hands when she turned on the faucet and hot water came out"
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