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rap someone on the knuckles

Definition of rap someone on the knuckles in English:

Rebuke or criticize someone.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • One observer said: ‘If they did rap Fisher over the knuckles then no one got to know about it.’
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