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.
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Or will they cower in the face of the big boys and merely rap knuckles, fearful that cushy jobs will be lost and expensive law suits filed.
Does it not say something about law and order generally in Ulster, when these so-called reps are called in to rap knuckles in a simple case of out and out thuggery?