rap (someone) on/over/across the knuckles


: to criticize or punish (someone) in a gentle way for doing something wrong
The boss rapped me on the knuckles for missing the meeting.

Examples of rap (someone) on/over/across the knuckles in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, nobody should be cheering this rap on the knuckles from the IG. Fred Lucas, National Review, 12 Apr. 2021 But in religion class that got you a rap on the knuckles. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 31 Dec. 2010

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“Rap (someone) on/over/across the knuckles.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rap%20%28someone%29%20on%2Fover%2Facross%20the%20knuckles. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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