Dutch uncle n.
1. one who talks severely and critically, who lays down the law; usu. in phr. talk like a Dutch uncle.
|Charcoal Sketches (1865) 201: If you keep a cutting didoes, I must talk to you both like a Dutch uncle.|
|N&Q Ser. 1 VII 65/2: In some parts of America, when a person has determined to give another a regular lecture, he will often be heard to say, ‘I will talk to him like a Dutch uncle’; that is, he shall not escape this time.|
|‘A Right Merry Ballad’ in Vanity Fair (N.Y.) Dec. 252: And he made, let us own it, some masterly strokes, / For like a Dutch Uncle he cozened the Yolks!|
|Artemus Ward in London in Complete Works (1922) 422: ‘Here’s a sperrit,’ said the lan’lord, a smile once more beamin on his face, ‘which will talk through him like a Dutch father!’.|
|Americanisms 83: The Dutch Uncle is frequently introduced into conversation, when the last person one would wish to see is to be indirectly designated.|
|Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 21 June 61: Ally’s Own Slang Dictionary. A Dutch Uncle.|
|Many Inventions 223: If I only talk to my boys like a Dutch uncle dey say ‘It was only dot damned old Muller’.‘In the Rukh’ in|
|Gem 30 Mar. 6: He was a regular mammy’s baby boy. Talked like a Dutch Uncle, too.|
|Score by Innings (2004) 399: I took Chick Dorsey off in a corner and talked to him like a Dutch uncle.‘Excess Baggage’ in|
|Young Man of Manhattan 236: Listen, baby; I’m going to talk to you like a Dutch uncle.|
|Generation of Vipers 4: We [the U.S.] will sit like a benign Dutch Uncle at the peace table and hand out Sunday School rules and diplomas to the infuriated peoples of Europe.|
|Jimmy Brockett 149: I’d looked after her like a Dutch uncle and done everything to please.|
|Blow Negative! 332: I’m no Dutch uncle.|
|Maledicta 1:2 138: Two descriptive terms denote persons who speak a great deal: a dutch uncle ‘one who reprimands volubly and severely’ and a spanish athlete ‘braggart, one who throws the bull’.|
|Spike Island (1981) 514: My tutor constable [...] talked to me like a Dutch uncle for a couple of days.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 133: Dutch uncle. Not a real uncle, but someone who has close enough standing to be able to speak plainly and severely.|
|Rain Making 187: The person who talks to you like a Dutch uncle does it for your own good.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|Bonfire of the Vanities 395: He walked over to the boy and said in the warmest Dutch-uncle manner possible ‘Whaddaya reading?’.|
|Homeboy 134: He sniffed one nostril, then its neighbor, more body language for Dutch uncle aplomb.|
|Joni: An Unforgettable Story 151: Later, Diana told me of a similar ‘Dutch uncle’ talk she had had with Donald on the same subject.|
|Point 149: All these clichés ran through his head, so that he thought, that’s Dutch uncle talk, whatever that means.|