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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.
See also: fine, for
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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This is not fair to fine someone for playing sports and at a time when UAE is supporting fitness and sports activities."
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I think that if we have more proper crosswalks in place, with proper flashing lights for the pedestrians, then there will be no excuse not to fine someone for not using crosswalks.
Isn't it harsh to fine someone for travelling at 32mph in a 30mph zone?