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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: for, scold
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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According to Oz, it is precisely a generation that had formed in a pathetic period, as in close to the establishment of the Israel, that "naturally tends to barricade itself behind apathy and suspicion against all manner of furious admonitions and sermonizing denunciations." This apt articulation of Statehood Generation's oppositional stance against the pathos of their literary predecessors, brings Oz to the literary-historiographical conclusion that "this sentiment is one of the reasons for the disappearance of the scolders' endurance, a position once so typical to new Hebrew literature in its early days, which had slowly diminished in the Revival Generation and ensuing generations."
To explain the rise of populism in the United States and Europe, multiple theories compete: some see populist voters as "globalization losers", calling for stronger state protection, others portray them as scolders of post-materialistic values.
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After bleeding, birds were scalded at 59[degrees]C for 180 sec in rotary scolders, defeathered and manually eviscerated.
"It's just a pathetic mid-life crisis," scoff the scolders. "Isn't it time he tried growing-up?"
In recent years, The Newspaper Association of America has managed to wrangle a varied crew of scolders from within and outside the industry to shake up publishers during its annual conference.