rap across the knuckles

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rap across the knuckles

A quick, minor punishment that serves as a warning. The public was outraged that the company only received a rap across the knuckles from the EPA after being caught illegally dumping chemicals in the river.
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rap someone across the knuckles

 and rap someone on the knuckles; rap someone's knuckles
to strike someone on the knuckles. As punishment, she rapped him across the knuckles. The teacher rapped the student on the knuckles.
See also: across, knuckle, rap
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That defeat extended United's run to one win in 11 Championship outings and brought a rap across the knuckles for the under-pressure former Rotherham boss from erratic owner Massimo Cellino.
He had earlier been given a rap across the knuckles for being spotted on the golf course.
There is also a rap across the knuckles for Wales coach Graham Henry.
The winner, a March 98 whelp, ran in a race restricted to April 98 and younger greyhounds, and Nottingham's Nathan Corden said yesterday: "We've had a rap across the knuckles from the NGRC for the mistake we made.
He said: "I'm a little surprised but there is no getting away from the fact this is a rap across the knuckles.
So what that the Eurocrats in Brussels have given him a rap across the knuckles for his taxation policies.
The trio failed to complete a competitive training match, with Carey sent to hospital after taking a rap across the knuckles.
It's getting ridiculous, but it has prompted totesport to frame an interesting market which asks punters to name the next Premiership team called to FA HQ for a rap across the knuckles.