rap on the knuckles


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Related to rap on the knuckles: bum rap, rap across the knuckles, take the rap, rap over the knuckles

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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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.
Things have been going really well, but we've been given a rap on the knuckles.
Cabbage manager Jimmy Ginnelly said: ''The Birmingham County have received a rap on the knuckles.
This type of driver is not taught safe rules of the road except, perhaps, by a sharp rap on the knuckles in the form of a costly speeding ticket.
RUSSIA'S leaders are split over the UN resolution to take action against Libya - with prime minister Vladimir Putin given a rare rap on the knuckles yesterday.