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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!
See also: catch, let, not

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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AtifAslam stopped in the middle of concert and scolded guy who was harassing girls.
I scolded him and a passenger told me to stand away from him.
Barve who was stunned over the incident said that it is wrong to criticise even if the kids mother had scolded him out of anger.
The Indian boy Vikas (named changed on request) had left home after his father scolded him for quarelling with his younger brother while playing games on the PlayStation.
Manila, Philippines After he was interrupted and scolded for playing the popular computer game DOTA (Defense of the Ancients), a 17-year-old male mauled to death his own grandmother in their home in Quezon City Friday night.
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.
Birdine said Stoops, who publicly scolded Birdine on Wednesday, wasn't too tough on him when they discussed his comments privately.
Like the Libertarian Party, members of the Constitution Party scolded us for not mentioning their candidates and party platform.