rap across the knuckles

rap across the knuckles

A quick, minor punishment that serves as a warning. The public was outraged that the company only received a rap across the knuckles from the EPA after being caught illegally dumping chemicals in the river.
See also: across, knuckle, rap

rap someone across the knuckles

 and rap someone on the knuckles; rap someone's knuckles
to strike someone on the knuckles. As punishment, she rapped him across the knuckles. The teacher rapped the student on the knuckles.
See also: across, knuckle, rap
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That was his rap across the knuckles, 'You need to cop on'.
Itoje has been issued with a rap across the knuckles, by way of a citing commissioner warning.
What Russia has shown so far is that it can get away with whatever it wants to do, with but a mild rap across the knuckles.
Davies, who is believed to have had a rap across the knuckles for his comments, pointedly referred all questions to his solicitor in the play-off build-up.
Most people who have been victims will do it only once and I'm sure some staff get a little rap across the knuckles for doing it.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh apparently has served Pillai with a harsh rap across the knuckles by issuing a gag order against him and naming a new spokesperson for the home ministry.
WE received a rap across the knuckles from a Liverpool headteacher this week following our publication of the school league tables.
I hope the Beeb relent and decide a rap across the knuckles is punishment enough.
Bath pair Olly Barkley and Matt Stevens are also set to receive a rap across the knuckles after players' tickets found their way to unlicensed companies.
And two other players - Bath pair Olly Barkley and Matt Stevens - are also set to receive a Rugby Football Union rap across the knuckles.
But after receiving a rap across the knuckles from his no-nonsense gaffer, Jordao turned in a command performance for cock-a-hoop West Brom at rock bottom Huddersfield.
The winner, a March 98 whelp, ran in a race restricted to April 98 and younger greyhounds, and Nottingham's Nathan Corden said yesterday: "We've had a rap across the knuckles from the NGRC for the mistake we made.
But then another allegation rears its head and leads to another investigation, which finds another highly technical brea ch and results in another minor rap across the knuckles for Mr Robinson.
Other than impeachment, the Judicial Committee can recommend that Clinton gets a severe rap across the knuckles.
That defeat extended United's run to one win in 11 Championship outings and brought a rap across the knuckles for the under-pressure former Rotherham boss from erratic owner Massimo Cellino.