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To punish someone

punish

verb

to make someone suffer because they have done something against the law or against the rules

discipline

verb

to punish someone for something they have done wrong

penalize

verb

to punish someone for breaking a rule or law

mete out

to give a punishment to someone

hand down

to say officially that someone will receive a particular punishment

make an example of someone

to punish someone severely as a way of warning other people not to do the same thing

teach someone a lesson

to punish someone for doing something bad so that they do not do it again

deal out

to give a punishment to someone

administer

verb

to give someone a punishment

take the law into your own hands

to punish someone in your own way without involving the police or the courts, often by doing something illegal yourself

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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