a rap on/over/across the knuckles

Definition of a rap on/over/across the knuckles

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.

Word by Word Definitions

rap play
  1. : a sharp blow or knock

  2. : a sharp rebuke or criticism

  3. : a negative and often undeserved reputation or charge

  1. : to strike with a sharp blow

  2. : to utter suddenly and forcibly

  3. : to cause to be or come by raps

  1. : to snatch away or upward

  2. : enrapture

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

  1. : to talk freely and frankly

  2. : to perform rap music

  1. : talk, conversation

  2. : a type of music of African-American origin in which rhythmic and usually rhyming speech is chanted to a musical accompaniment

  3. : a rap song

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

  2. : forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  3. : across the brim

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

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

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

  1. : upper, higher

  2. : outer, covering

  3. : excessive

  1. : to leap over

  1. : so as to exceed or surpass

  2. : excessive

  3. : to an excessive degree

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

  2. : on the opposite side of

  3. : so as to intersect or pass through at an angle

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

  2. : to or on the opposite side

  3. : so as to be understandable, acceptable, or successful

  1. : being in a crossed position

knuckle play knuckles
  1. : the rounded prominence formed by the ends of the two adjacent bones at a joint

  2. : the joint of a knuckle

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

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

  2. : to press or rub with the knuckles


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