rap sb over the knuckles Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

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

"rap sb over the knuckles" in British English

See all translations

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)…
Browse
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

drum

a musical instrument, especially one made from a skin stretched over the end of a hollow tube or bowl, played by hitting with the hand or a stick

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More