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To punish someone - thesaurus

Synonyms

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 should 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

informal 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

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bring someone to book

to punish someone, or to make them explain their behaviour publicly when they have done something wrong

call someone to account (for something)

to say that someone is responsible for something that has gone wrong and expect them to explain it, deal with it, or be punished for it

commute

verb

legal to change a punishment to one that is less severe

dock

verb

to take money out of someone’s salary, especially as a punishment

get

verb

to catch or punish someone

give someone what for

to punish someone or speak to them severely because they have done something wrong

hand out

to say officially that someone should receive a particular punishment

have someone’s guts for garters

informal used for saying that you will punish someone severely for something they have done

I’ll teach you to do something

used for saying that you will punish someone for doing something

penalize

verb

to punish a sports team or player by giving an advantage to the other team or player

punish

verb

to make someone suffer as a result of something they have done

punish

verb

to give a punishment to anyone who has committed a particular action

sentence

verb

when a judge sentences someone, they officially state what someone’s punishment will be

skin someone alive

to be very angry with someone, or to punish them very severely

slap on

to order that something should be done immediately, especially as a punishment

someone can dish it out but they can’t take it

informal if someone dishes out something such as criticism or punishment, they criticize or punish someone severely

sort out

Britishinformal to make someone stop causing problems for you, for example by talking to them or punishing them

throw the book at someone

to punish someone very severely

what for

informal old-fashioned if you give someone what for, you punish them

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