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not let someone catch someone doing something

 and not want to catch someone doing something
an expression that scolds someone who has done something wrong. (The idea is that the person ought not to do the wrong thing again, not that the person simply avoid getting caught.) How many times have I told you not to play ball in the house? Don't let me catch you doing that again. If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times: Don't do that! I don't want to catch you doing it again!
See also: catch, let, not

scold someone about something

to rebuke or chastise someone about something. How many times have I scolded you about that? Please don't scold me about something I didn't do.
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scold someone for something

to rebuke or chastise someone for doing something. The manager scolded the worker for misplacing the door key. The teacher scolded all the students for their bad behavior.
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She also admits that the word scold (of Germanic origin) had numerous Latin variants, including litigatrix.
On March 9, pre-eminent public scold Michele Landsberg (a.
They will threaten me and scold me and ask why I didn't take the cyanide.
In his Times piece, Sullivan, an editor at The New Republic (and a conservative homosexual known for his Thatcherite economic views), maintains that the new breed of moralist -- the scold about which he writes -- is "inherently pessimistic.
While I am preparing the garden for fall planting, an extremely brave squirrel comes near to scold me for digging up his acorns.
She asserted that she is sure that her mother is going to scold her for wearing a top that showed her bra while she was coming out of a restaurant in London.
In December Chan told the Southern People Weekly that China should introduce measures to curb rights to protest in of Hong Kong, because people in the former UK colony are allowed to "scold China, scold the leaders, scold anything, and protest against anything".
A scold could get her way by wearing people down, while a suspected witch could gain considerable deference by scaring them.
It was probably Henry Chettle who scolded Shakespeare (in England's Mourning Garment) for not mourning, in print, Elizabeth's death, but this scold fell on deaf ears: Shakespeare may well have felt that only a fool writes for nothing, or (what may be the same thing) for the dead.
Her father, Sabeer, an apparel shop owner, refused to file any complaint against the teacher saying she had every right to scold if his daughter was making a mistake.
The action star lamented that Hong Kong has become a city of protest, where people "scold China, scold the leaders, scold anything, protest against anything.
In fact Blotkamp's treatment of the theosophical issue mainly concerns Mondrian's earlier work (up until the grotesque Evolution of 1911), and, if anything, one could scold him for failing to deliver on his promise to demonstrate the continuing importance of this religious pseudoscience for Mondrian's later production.
Aquino is known to use anniversary speeches to scold not only governmental agencies but also private companies and organizations.
European Union finance ministers scold Ireland for its pro-growth policies.
Gary Payton didn't wag a single finger, scold any reporters or issue the litany of ``I told you so'' answers most probably expected to hear late Sunday afternoon.