a rap on/over/across the knuckles

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informal
: 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.

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“A rap on/over/across the knuckles.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20rap%20on%2Fover%2Facross%20the%20knuckles. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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