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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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References in classic literature ?
A fortnight before, moreover, he had written to scold her for telling those absurd stories to Mrs.
We wonder how such saints can sing, Or praise the Lord upon the wing, Who roar, and scold, and whip, and sting, And to their slaves and mammon cling, In guilty conscience union.
Bessie, you must promise not to scold me any more till I go.
In the meantime Ulysses and the swineherd were about starting for the town, and the swineherd said, "Stranger, I suppose you still want to go to town to-day, as my master said you were to do; for my own part I should have liked you to stay here as a station hand, but I must do as my master tells me, or he will scold me later on, and a scolding from one's master is a very serious thing.
What would the countess have done had she not been able sometimes to scold the invalid for not strictly obeying the doctor's orders?
It has never been my way to scold or chide thee, yet always hath my heart ached for each crime laid at the door of Norman of Torn.
cried the youth, "pray help me now and scold me afterwards.
The 34-year-old singer,who's dating F1 racer Lewis Hamilton, told the Sun that even though she is thirtysomething, her mother still calls and scolds her.
Both Chong and Warren are feisty and morally strong without coming off as scolds.
For nearly four decades, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has sold its ratings system--that G through NC-17 shorthand for vice and violence--as a way to guide parents and keep government scolds a safe distance from Hollywood Hills.
I read Rita Baum's letter "Likes Wiretapping" in the March 6, issue, in which she scolds THE NEW AMERICAN for being against unregulated wiretapping, and I would like to offer some food for thought.
The T-Mobile ad shows a dad so obsessed with the family's cell phone bill that he's oblivious to what his kids are doing as he scolds them.
He scolds most of the other conductors, especially Toscanini, for concentrating on German works.
Note that in England and Scotland, scolds were generally women, Goodare, p.
Maybe the best feature of this book is its easy, conversational tone that never lectures or scolds but instructs much as a writing coach would.