Punish for - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
punish (someone or oneself) for (something)
To penalize or discipline someone or oneself for some crime, wrong, mistake, or other transgression. Bob punished himself for breaking his diet over the holidays by only eating vegetables for two weeks straight. I feel like this heavy workload is the boss's way of punishing me for disagreeing with him during the meeting.
punish someone for something
to discipline someone for [doing] something. Someone will punish you for what you did. Please don't punish me for doing it. I'm sorry.
References in periodicals archive
He said: "God does not punish for
no reason but collectively punishes.
The courts demand that the state demonstrate that the action ordered is intended to prevent harm in the future, not to punish for
past actions, and that the action is reasonably related to the public health objective.
Why, in Heaven's name, am I to be sacrificed to the good of society in this way?-unless, of course, I deserve it." Inflicting a penalty merely to deter -- rather than to punish for
deeds done -- is the very definition of cruelty.