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fine (someone) for (something)

To charge one a monetary fee as a punishment for something they've done. Aw man, I only left my car in the fire zone for a few minutes, and they fined me for it.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

fine someone for something

to demand a monetary penalty from someone for having done something. The judge fined her for speeding. The agency fined our company for having the wrong kind of tank to store waste oil.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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It added: "We don't fine somebody for accidentally dropping a few crumbs but leaving a significant amount of food is not trivial because it can attract pests."
A Manchester council spokesman said: "We would clearly not fine somebody for accidentally leaving a few crumbs on the ground, but when people drop significant amounts of food, this is not a trivial matter, as it can attract rats and other pests.
"It's counterintuitive to fine somebody for just trying to live the best they can without shelter," he said.