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rebuke (someone or something) for (doing) (something)

To scold, upbraid, or criticize someone, an animal, or some group or organization for some action, error, or wrongdoing. They won't so much as rebuke their child for his bad behavior. It looks like the United Nations is finally willing to formally rebuke the country for disobeying the international treaty. She rebuked the dog for peeing on the carpet.
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rebuke someone for something

to reprimand someone for something. There is no need to rebuke me for a simple mistake like that. Sally was rebuked for overspending her budget.
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The Brandis rebuke prompted Labour, Greens and some cross-benchers to stand and applaud.
Critique: An extraordinary and impressive compendium of seminal scholarship, "Washington's Rebuke to Bigotry: Reflections on Our First President's Famous 1790 Letter to the Hebrew Congregation In Newport, Rhode Island" is an invaluable contribution to the study of American Colonial History in general, and the contributions of George Washington to the role of religion and public policy in a fledgling democracy in particular.
28 ( ANI ): Australia has stood by its criticism of China's decision to impose an air-defence zone in the East China Sea without consultation, despite Beijing's rebuke.
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said: "This is another embarrassing rebuke for the PM just 24 hours after his panicky and defensive speech on the economy.
The Business Secretary hung on to his Cabinet post but suffered a stinging rebuke from David Cameron, who described his comments - caught on tape by undercover reporters - as "totally unacceptable and inappropriate".
The BBC's Washington correspondent, Kim Ghattas, says it was a rare and sharp rebuke from Washington.
The incident drew praise from some quarters, including Syria and Hamas, who viewed Turkey's decision as a rebuke for Israeli hostilities against Muslims.
House on July 9 voted almost unanimously (429 to 2) to rebuke President Barack Obama for his June 24 signing statement openly declaring that he could ignore provisions of the legislation he was signing into law.
The rebuke, issued in the press Monday, quickly raised questions whether the supreme leader is backing off.
Interpol backtracked this week on its nasty rebuke of Iran issued last week, and said it is now studying some warrants submitted to it charging Israeli leaders with war crimes.
ROY Keane has been handed a dose of his own medicine via a stinging rebuke from Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney.
But auditors called in to investigate the pounds 365,000 retirement package for Bridgend's former chief Keri Lewis issued a stern rebuke to the local authority.
Virgin America insisted it remains "committed to getting our wings" despite a sharp rebuke last week from the US Dept.
In spite of the fact that Jesus rebukes those who rebuke Mary, some of us still think that Mary was wasteful, just too extravagant.
Written by Justin Akers Chacon (professor of US History and Chicano Studies in San Diego) and Mike Davis (teaches in the Department of History at the University of California at Irvine), No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the US-Mexico Border is a sharp rebuke against anti-immigration vigilantism, denouncing the often violent right-wing backlash against immigrants and striving to put a human face upon the men and women who cross America's borders.