Definition of “a rap on/over the knuckles” - English Dictionary

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“a rap on/over the knuckles” in British English

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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)