Definition of rap someone on (or over) the knuckles in English:

rap someone on (or over) the knuckles


  • Rebuke or criticize someone.

    • ‘Meanwhile City were rapped over the knuckles by the FA yesterday at a hearing into the melee during the Preston game on September 13.’
    • ‘He is incensed about the November 2 announcement of a proposed antitrust settlement that he thinks barely raps them on the knuckles.’
    • ‘But the regulator also rapped her over the knuckles about inefficiencies at Dublin and Shannon airports.’
    • ‘One observer said: ‘If they did rap Fisher over the knuckles then no one got to know about it.’’
    • ‘Probably someone was rapped over the knuckles for not observing the difference between the two concepts.’
    • ‘Mayo County Council has been rapped on the knuckles by An Bord Pleanála for failing to provide adequate services to areas which have the potential to be properly developed.’
    • ‘Separately, Byrne was rapped on the knuckles by the Dublin District Court for holding illegal teenage discos in the West Stand.’
    • ‘When should the profession rap them over the knuckles, and when should they permanently show them the door?’
    • ‘Health chiefs have been rapped on the knuckles after deciding to axe services at a Bishopstoke hospital a year earlier than planned.’
    • ‘Standard Life has been rapped over the knuckles by the Financial Ombudsman for turning down claims by policyholders who got their weight wrong on application forms.’
    criticize, censure, condemn, castigate, chastise, lambaste, pillory, savage, find fault with, fulminate against, abuse
    criticism, censure, rebuke, admonition, admonishment, reprimand, reproval
    rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reproof, admonishment, admonition, reproval, remonstration, lecture, upbraiding, castigation, lambasting, criticism, censure
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