What is the opposite of pat on the back?

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Noun
Opposite of an approval of something as being of a satisfactory standard
Noun
A rebuke or reprimand
Verb
To criticize or reprimand (someone) severely
“It isn't helpful to castigate a patient about his years of smoking when you are trying to treat his lung cancer.”
Verb
To subject to contemptuous and dismissive language or behavior
“Now, my friends, you may be sure that in a discussion of this character, the last expedient an opponent can resort to is an attempt to ridicule his antagonist's argument.”
Verb
To find fault (with something)
“I actually appreciate those who criticize me in a constructive manner.”
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