a slap in the face

a slap in the face

an insult She considered it a real slap in the face when she wasn't invited to join us.
See also: face, slap

a slap in the face

an action that insults or upsets someone (often + for ) The decision to close the sports hall was a slap in the face for all those who had campaigned to keep it open.
See also: face, slap

a slap in the face

n. an insult; a rejection. That remark was a real slap in the face.
See also: face, slap
References in classic literature ?
As he stood thus, peering out into the darkness of the cloud-enshrouded night, there came to him from across the water, like a slap in the face, so sudden and unexpected was it, the sharp staccato of an exchange of shots and then the scream of a woman.
There are passages in Dryden's satires in which every couplet has not only the force but the sound of a slap in the face," says a recent writer.
Officially, the group claimed that such surveillance would be a slap in the face for foreign students.
Illegal immigration is a slap in the face to all who have legally waited to get into this country.
I feel that the effort to lower the standards of the CBEST is a slap in the face to all people who have worked so hard to become qualified educators.