Meaning of “rap sb over the knuckles” in the English Dictionary

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"rap sb over the knuckles" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “rap sb over the knuckles” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)