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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So the SFA fine him a measly 500 quid and severely censure him, the equivalent of getting a rap over the knuckles with a bag of flumps.
However, the punishment is little more than a rap over the knuckles for the Trotters' manager.
Instead, they have given me a rap over the knuckles for speaking to the Record.
But Luis Boa Morte, who claimed that Ferguson had hurled racist insults at him during an FA Cup tie between the two clubs at Goodison, faces a rap over the knuckles by the FA.
A rap over the knuckles or a fine would be the probable options, yet another day's wait is hardly helping preparations for their final group game against Uruguay in Brisbane next Sunday.
The most probable scenario is a rap over the knuckles.
Michael Cullen was given a rap over the knuckles for failing to nominate a rider for Fatalistic in the beginners' chase.
All he has had, more or less, is a rap over the knuckles and a fine.
And he added that the government is determined to press ahead with budget plans despite a rap over the knuckles from the European Commission.