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

"rap sb over the knuckles" in British English

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rap sb over the knuckles

to ​speakofficially to someone in a ​severe or ​angry way because you ​disapprove of ​theiractions: 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)
Translations of “rap sb over the knuckles”
in Chinese (Simplified) 严厉批评,厉声指责,愤怒谴责(某人)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 嚴厲批評,厲聲指責,憤怒譴責(某人)…
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