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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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As we conducted trials, walking with the dangerous mask along the route, our actions presented opportunities for crows to observe or be stimulated by scolding.
Bardsley's research on the types of women prosecuted for scolding is also highly valuable.
Through interviews with Danish and American children and adults in preschool programs and schools, Sigsgaard looks at how children are affected by frequent and severe scolding.
Scolding will only stack up more insecurity and more persistent rivalry problems.
This involves exaggerating about a supposedly ultra-conservative GOP while scolding Democrats for being "watered-down Republicans," as CBS's Harry Smith put it to Democratic Party honcho Terry McAuliffe.
Democrats who opposed budget-balancing measures in the '90s are now scolding the Republican-controlled House and White House for their spendthrift ways.
We hear warmth in a letter written to a woman who lost five sons in the war, firmness in one sent to a family member who has shown lack of industry, a scolding tone to a young man who feels his talents are underutilized when he is assigned to command only 3,000 men, and firm resolution when he exhorts his generals to press the war more diligently.
But what Rosenblatt--author of a memoir of attending Harvard during the Vietnam War and the new, free-filled Rules for Aging--has in mind isn't really a rejection of juvenalian satire but a scolding of a younger crew that never tool generational spokesmen like himself seriously.
Because Ratzinger's perception is inspired by fear, Baum says, fear that the new ecumenical relationship between Christians of different traditions will lead to relativism and the view that all religions are equally valid, the document has a fault-finding and scolding tone which makes it singularly unattractive.
bankers who erase the trails of millions of drug-profit dollars escape with, at most, a scolding.
It is accented by the little noises that, compounded, make up the so-called silence of the country: the chirk of a colony of katydids sliced by the more strident sawing of a distant cicada, the staccato scolding of a red squirrel infuriated by a gray cousin, and the wash of the wind through the roadside maples.
On this subject, as with several others in an otherwise convincing and eye-opening book, Burnham is more scolding than edifying.
Referring to his book, Discipline Without Punishment, Grote emphasized the need to persuade employees to commit to changing their behavior, as opposed to arguing about an issue or scolding the worker.
Instead of scolding users for straying from the original instructions, the system automatically presents the adjusted route based on the information that is already available.
Scolding students for disturbing the class or hauling them up for cheating could have catastrophic consequences.