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Meaning of “a rap on/over the knuckles” in the English Dictionary

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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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “a rap on/over the knuckles”
in Chinese (Simplified) 严厉的批评, 厉声的指责, 愤怒的谴责…
in Chinese (Traditional) 嚴厲的批評, 厲聲的指責, 憤怒的譴責…
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