a rap on/over/across the knuckles

Definition of a rap on/over/across the knuckles

informal

  1. :  criticism or punishment that is given in a gentle way for something that one did wrong I received a rap on the knuckles for missing the meeting.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a sharp blow or knock

    :  a sharp rebuke or criticism

    :  the responsibility for or adverse consequences of an action

  1. :  to strike with a sharp blow

    :  to utter suddenly and forcibly

    :  to cause to be or come by raps

  1. :  to snatch away or upward

    :  enrapture

  1. :  a minimum amount or degree (as of care or consideration) :  the least bit

  1. :  to talk freely and frankly

    :  to perform rap music

  1. :  talk, conversation

    :  a line of talk :  patter

    :  a rhythmic chanting often in unison of usually rhymed couplets to a musical accompaniment

overplay
  1. :  across a barrier or intervening (see intervene 4) space

    :  across the goal line in football

    :  forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

    : used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

    : used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. :  upper, higher

    :  outer, covering

    :  excessive

  1. :  to leap over

acrossplay
  1. :  from one side to the opposite side of :  over, through

    :  on the opposite side of

    :  so as to intersect or pass through at an angle

  1. :  in a position reaching from one side to the other :  crosswise

    :  to or on the opposite side

    :  so as to be understandable, acceptable, or successful

  1. :  being in a crossed position

knuckleplay knuckles
  1. :  the joint of a knuckle

    :  a cut of meat consisting of the tarsal or carpal joint with the adjoining flesh

    :  something resembling a knuckle: such as

  1. :  to place the knuckles on the ground in shooting a marble

    :  to press or rub with the knuckles


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