scald-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: burn with hot liquid or steam

'Honey I Scalded the Kids' in my drug-induced stupor.
Some nights ago I scalded the roof of my mouth at dinner.
The hot water scalded her hands.
The tanner scalded the hide to remove the hair.
Before you start the sauce, scald the tomatoes.

VerbNet: cooking-45.3,hurt-40.8.3-2
FrameNet: Apply_heat
PropBank: scald.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3, 4

Sense Number 2: subject to harsh criticism

NOTE: This is a metaphorical subsense of sense 1.

The inspector scalded the company in his latest report.
The professor scalded the students for not studying.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1