Dutch uncle is a term for a person who issues frank, harsh, and severe comments and criticism to educate, encourage, or admonish someone. Thus, a "Dutch uncle" is a person who is rather the reverse of what is normally thought of as avuncular or uncle-like (which would be indulgent and permissive).
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... is that the term, often expressed as "talk to one like a Dutch uncle," originated in the early 19th century as an allusion to the sternness and sobriety ... Dutch behaviour is defined in the book Culture Shock! Netherlands A Survival Guide To Customs and Etiquette as "practical, direct, outspoken, stubborn, well-organised, blunt and thinking they are always ... fingers at and scolding each other." Still another possible origin may be the marriage of the Dutch William of Orange, who later became incumbent of the British throne, to the English ...
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