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English definition of “a rap on/over the knuckles”

a rap on/over the knuckles

the act of speaking to someone severely or angrily because of something they have done or failed to do: I got a rap on the knuckles for not finishing my essay on time.
(Definition of a rap on/over the knuckles from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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