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scold (one) about (something)

To rebuke, upbraid, or criticize one about some problem, error, mistake, or wrongdoing. The manager scolded the entire team about the disastrous launch of their latest product. He scolded his daughter about the crayon marks all over the walls.
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scold (one) for (something)

To rebuke, upbraid, or criticize one for some failure, error, mistake, or wrongdoing they have committed. The manager scolded him in front of entire team for being late again. He scolded his daughter for drawing all over the walls with her crayons. I had better go study. I don't need my parents scolding me for another low test score.
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not let someone catch someone doing something

 and not want to catch someone doing something
an expression that scolds someone who has done something wrong. (The idea is that the person ought not to do the wrong thing again, not that the person simply avoid getting caught.) How many times have I told you not to play ball in the house? Don't let me catch you doing that again. If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times: Don't do that! I don't want to catch you doing it again!
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scold someone about something

to rebuke or chastise someone about something. How many times have I scolded you about that? Please don't scold me about something I didn't do.
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scold someone for something

to rebuke or chastise someone for doing something. The manager scolded the worker for misplacing the door key. The teacher scolded all the students for their bad behavior.
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The father had scolded Arslan for playing too much cricket and not focusing on his studies, saidSub-Inspector Liaquat Ali.
According to statement issue by District Information Officer Shikarpur, Muhammad Abbas Balcoh, the commissioner expressed his great concern over the performance of health officers and scolded over them when he came to know about 12 children were died due to measles and questioned from DHO Shikarpur Zulfikar Abro that who is responsible of such deaths?
According to statement issue by District Information Officer Shikarpur, Mohammad Abbas Balcoh, the commissioner Larkana, expressed his great concern over the performance of health officers and scolded over them when he came to know about 12 children were died due to measles and questioned from DHO Shikarpur Zulfikar Abro that who is responsible of such deaths'?
I scolded him and a passenger told me to stand away from him.
When they arrived home, Ian recounted that he was scolded by his grandmother about his computer playing.
A LONELY Japanese man has been arrested for allegedly calling directory assistance thousands of times because he liked to be scolded by female operators, police and reports said.
Do you love to be scolded when you already agree with the scolder?
At the conclusion of the project, the interviews with adults revealed that while adults are hardly ever scolded, and never by someone who is twice their size, they do not like being scolded any more than children do.
ONE of Ireland's leading clerics - Diarmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin - has scolded us for our "insatiable greed".
Although the State Department recently scolded several nations for their treatment of gays, no American official has tried to do something about it.
Entitled "Time for Facts, Not Resolutions," it scolded Senator Russ Feingold for having the temerity to call for censuring Bush.
Sigsgaard (Center of Institution Research at Hojvangseminariet, Denmark) presents his research on why scolding is not only cruel but ineffective or even damaging, describes different types of scolding and why adults turn to it, examines children's perceptions of scolding and the children who are scolded the most, and explains why the pedagogical settings and physical environment in which scolding is likely to occur are important.
THE banks are at it again - the Office of Fair Trading has scolded them for raking in pounds 400million in rip-off credit card charges.
Like the Libertarian Party, members of the Constitution Party scolded us for not mentioning their candidates and party platform.
The European Commission has scolded governments for dragging their heels in enacting anti-terrorism measures approved after the September 11, 2001, attacks and urged EU governments to set aside "bureaucratic and technical" hurdles.