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English definition of “rap sb over the knuckles”

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rap sb over the knuckles

to speak officially to someone in a severe or angry way because you disapprove of their actions: He was rapped over the knuckles by the management.
Translations of “rap sb over the knuckles”
in Chinese (Traditional) 嚴厲批評,厲聲指責,憤怒譴責(某人)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 严厉批评,厉声指责,愤怒谴责(某人)…
(Definition of rap sb over the knuckles from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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