"to have a quiet word with"
to speak to someone privately and informally in order to discuss a problem or issue
Related words and phrases:
Two colleagues are talking ...
Colleague 1: Does the new intern not understand our code of conduct here at the office?
Colleague 2: I would guess that he doesn't but I do not wish to embarrass him in front of all the staff so I will take him into a private conference room and have a quiet word with him.
Colleague 1: That is a very diplomatic approach and hopefully the new intern will follow the approved code of conduct.
Two friends are talking at a party ...
Friend 1: Wendy seems to be getting a little carried away. I think she has had a couple too many drinks. Her behavior is becoming almost embarrassing and I really think she will regret it tomorrow when she sobers up.
Friend 2: You are absolutely right. I'll have a quiet word with her and hopefully be able to put her in a taxi and send her home.
Having a quiet word with a subordinate can avoid their public embarrassment.
1) ... a more secure president was worried about an upstart staffer, he might have a quiet word with him, put him back in his box without making a fuss.
2) I'll now go up and have a quiet word with a player instead of shouting and screaming in the dressing-room.
3) ... is the person you look to to set the boundaries of behaviour and have a quiet word with whoever crosses them.
4) ... client attempted to pull her from her seat, claiming he wanted to have a quiet word with her.
5) But I'm happy to have a quiet word with him. I've sharpened up my counselling skills over the years and ...
6) ... after a reporting period has ended, many companies' investor-relations departments even have a quiet word with analysts to secure their beat and minimize negative coverage.
7) ... who wants to be a lawyer that he would have a quiet word with him about the perils of a legal career.
8) ... if someone comes to work dressed inappropriately, one of their peers will have a quiet word with them.
9) ... presumably sent some of their best people to have a quiet word with Lucas, and he has since had his lawyers draft a lengthy apology.
10) ... not to lay a complaint at the local police station, but to have a quiet word with ...
11) ... story was accurate and informative. (Mail Online journalists may want to have a quiet word with their headline writers). What kind of research was this?
12) ... still find yourself being put under pressure, it's perhaps time to have a quiet word with them or even rethink the friendship - real friends wouldn't pressure you ...
13) The teachers might take you into their office and have a quiet word with you to explain some things if you asked.
14) ... when the victim's next appointment is, and he can arrange to have a quiet word with her, without her abuser finding out.
15) The way to work in Brussels is to have a quiet word with fellow members of the elite and cut a deal.
16) ... point it out and hopefully other people will back you up -- maybe have a quiet word with them first to see if they feel the same way.
17) ... uniform policy was brought in. Prefects stand by the door at assembly and have a quiet word with pupils not conforming to it, ...
18) ... and only occasionally has to take me to one side to have a quiet word with me about the combination of Twitter and alcohol.
19) Someone really needs to have a quiet word with whoever is in charge of oil spill vocabulary at BP.
20) ... have explicit guidelines about this written down somewhere: If in doubt, have a quiet word with your office manager before you flaunt your skin.