rap on the knuckles

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rap (one) on the knuckles

1. Literally, to smack someone, especially a child, on the knuckles as a punishment for misbehavior. The teacher was fired for rapping students on the knuckles when they spoke out of turn.
2. By extension, to give someone a warning, verbal scolding, or a minor punishment. The public was outraged that the government merely rapped the company on the knuckles for illegally dumping chemicals in the river. The boss rapped my knuckles for coming in late on Friday.
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rap on the knuckles

A quick, minor punishment intended to serve as a warning. The public was outraged that the company only received a rap on the knuckles from the regulatory agency after being caught illegally dumping chemicals in the river.
See also: knuckle, on, rap
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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.
But, even though these off-licences have had a number of warnings before, all they have had is a rap on the knuckles.
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.
But now police in Scotland are set to get permission to give the modern equivalent of a rap on the knuckles.
HENRI CAMARA has received a rap on the knuckles from Wigan manager Paul Jewell after going AWOL last weekend.
That is why the procedures which led to the referee committee giving McDonald only a rap on the knuckles will be reviewed today.
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.
But rather than give him a rap on the knuckles, bosses relented and named the station Murray Firth Radio for a week.
A rap on the knuckles from the bench may be a slight embarrassment to our learned friends.
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 .