One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reproof, admonishment, admonition, reproval, remonstration, lecture, upbraiding, castigation, lambasting, criticism, censureView synonyms
- ‘Switzerland's not being invited looks like a rap on the knuckles.’
- ‘If this was an isolated incident, a rap on the knuckles might be deemed sufficient.’
- ‘The most probable scenario is a rap over the knuckles, and there is no suggestion of points being deducted or a replay ordered.’
- ‘The punishments, said to have been carried out after two internal investigations, amount to little more than a rap over the knuckles for the CIA and those singled out.’
- ‘Cops always complain about how the courts let the bad guys they work so hard to catch just walk away with a rap on the knuckles.’
- ‘It might be hate speech, and then she will get a rap over the knuckles and be fined.’
- ‘Countries who want to skimp on paying for the European Union got a rap on the knuckles from Parliament president Pat Cox.’
- ‘A rap over the knuckles that the government can choose to dismiss if it wants.’
- ‘It won't be the central government because power equations make a rap on the knuckles impossible.’
- ‘The PNG government, however, rapidly received a rap over the knuckles from Washington.’
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