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To punish someone



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



to punish someone for something they have done wrong



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



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

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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