rap on the knuckles

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rap (one) on the knuckles

1. Literally, to smack someone, especially a child, on the knuckles as a punishment for misbehavior. The teacher was fired for rapping students on the knuckles when they spoke out of turn.
2. By extension, to give someone a warning, verbal scolding, or a minor punishment. The public was outraged that the government merely rapped the company on the knuckles for illegally dumping chemicals in the river. The boss rapped my knuckles for coming in late on Friday.
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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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But Lafferty was given just a rap on the knuckles after a hearing at the city's Justice of the Peace Court yesterday.
A FORMER Irish Government press secretary began 18 months in jail for corruption last night with a warning from a judge that political sleaze deserves more than just a rap on the knuckles.
Naomi Campbell gets a rap on the knuckles for assaulting police, whereas I would be facing a spell in prison.
Goldberg said: "If Real Madrid are reported to FIFA, they will probably get a rap on the knuckles.
According to an easyJet spokesman the airline did not expect to get the decision annulled but wanted the European Commission "to be given a rap on the knuckles".
HENRI CAMARA has received a rap on the knuckles from Wigan manager Paul Jewell after going AWOL last weekend.
And where is the discouragement to stop carrying drugs if those in this sub-culture know that, in the West Midlands, there is a chance they will receive little more than a rap on the knuckles if they are caught?
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.
could do for the Erskine given the MoD's has anyone Meantime, top brass a rap on the knuckles? Don't be silly.
But teachers' leaders said a rap on the knuckles for QCA was not enough.
Cabbage manager Jimmy Ginnelly said: ''The Birmingham County have received a rap on the knuckles.
That is why the procedures which led to the referee committee giving McDonald only a rap on the knuckles will be reviewed today.
JOE TIZZARD made his point with a Cheltenham win on his Dad's horse Lucky Clover yesterday, but he still got a rap on the knuckles from the stewards.
Cabbage manager Jimmy Ginnelly said: ''The Birmingham County have received a rap on the knuckles from the powers that be at Lancaster Gate.