a rap across the knuckles

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a rap across/on/over the knuckles

a punishment which is not very severe but which warns you not to behave that way again The company received a rap over the knuckles from the Food and Drug Administration. Her remarks earned her a sharp rap across the knuckles from the Prime Minister.
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But Lafferty was given just a rap on the knuckles after a hearing at the city's Justice of the Peace Court yesterday.
A FORMER Irish Government press secretary began 18 months in jail for corruption last night with a warning from a judge that political sleaze deserves more than just a rap on the knuckles.
Naomi Campbell gets a rap on the knuckles for assaulting police, whereas I would be facing a spell in prison.
Goldberg said: "If Real Madrid are reported to FIFA, they will probably get a rap on the knuckles.
HENRI CAMARA has received a rap on the knuckles from Wigan manager Paul Jewell after going AWOL last weekend.
And where is the discouragement to stop carrying drugs if those in this sub-culture know that, in the West Midlands, there is a chance they will receive little more than a rap on the knuckles if they are caught?
Commentators described this as a rap on the knuckles for Alfie Kane and senior executives, not that they care much.
Last night coach boss Robert Letham said: "I'll be giving this man a rap on the knuckles.
JOE TIZZARD made his point with a Cheltenham win on his Dad's horse Lucky Clover yesterday, but he still got a rap on the knuckles from the stewards.
Cabbage manager Jimmy Ginnelly said: ''The Birmingham County have received a rap on the knuckles.
That is why the procedures which led to the referee committee giving McDonald only a rap on the knuckles will be reviewed today.
A rap on the knuckles from the bench may be a slight embarrassment to our learned friends.
But rather than give him a rap on the knuckles, bosses relented and named the station Murray Firth Radio for a week.
MP FRANK Roy got a rap on the knuckles yesterday from anti-sleaze watchdogs after betting on the outcome of the race to be Commons Speaker .
STIRLING ALBION are likely to escape with a rap on the knuckles after a ball boy was reported to the SFA for making comments to referee Ian Brines at the weekend.