rap over the knuckles

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rap (one) over 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 over 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 over 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 over the knuckles

A quick, minor punishment intended to serve as a warning. The public was outraged that the company only received a rap over the knuckles from the regulatory agency after being caught illegally dumping chemicals in the river.
See also: knuckle, over, rap
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gt; Full story Pages 12 & 13 MERCEDES are giving their rivals a rap over the knuckles The German giants are flying high with big sales - outgunning BMW in the crucial US market and up in total worldwide by a massive 13.
So the SFA fine him a measly 500 quid and severely censure him, the equivalent of getting a rap over the knuckles with a bag of flumps.
However, the punishment is little more than a rap over the knuckles for the Trotters' manager.
But Luis Boa Morte, who claimed that Ferguson had hurled racist insults at him during an FA Cup tie between the two clubs at Goodison, faces a rap over the knuckles by the FA.
A rap over the knuckles or a fine would be the probable options, yet another day's wait is hardly helping preparations for their final group game against Uruguay in Brisbane next Sunday.
The most probable scenario is a rap over the knuckles.
Michael Cullen was given a rap over the knuckles for failing to nominate a rider for Fatalistic in the beginners' chase.
All he has had, more or less, is a rap over the knuckles and a fine.
And he added that the government is determined to press ahead with budget plans despite a rap over the knuckles from the European Commission.
Instead, recently, he has given a rap over the knuckles.