a slap on the wrist

a slap on the wrist

a gentle warning or light punishment I got a slap on the wrist for arriving late again.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form slap someone on the wrist: Instead of firing him, she only slapped him on the wrist.
See also: on, slap, wrist

a slap on the wrist

a warning or punishment that is not severe I got a slap on the wrist for arriving late again.
See also: on, slap, wrist
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J defends the British justice system, 'Legal defence', (GDN, August 12), yet the UK is a country where if you are charged for the 18th time with a violent offence after glassing a stranger in the face in a nightclub, you walk away from court with a slap on the wrist.
It was more a slap on the wrist and probably 'don't do it again'.
Summary: Doctors flaunting their 'white coats' outside of the workplace have been given a slap on the wrist by the Ministry of Health.
He said: "I'm angry they got a slap on the wrist - it can't end like this.
One said: "They hit people and got a slap on the wrist.
Courts have taken harsh measures against Jews in Judea and Samaria, but a judge gave only a slap on the wrist to a leftist who struck policemen.
She said: "There isn't a punishment that fits the crime - we're kind of giving them a slap on the wrist.
Now they know they will get more than a slap on the wrist.
According to council authorities in Scotland last week, it is a racist insult - but only one worthy of a slap on the wrist.
does any more than give North Korea and Iran a slap on the wrist.
So the school where Daniel was bullied was let off the hook entirely, and the state child-protection apparatus was let go with a slap on the wrist.
Gordon Egan, whose five-month-old son Thomas died at Jigsaw nursery in Milton Keynes after being fed dairy products despite being told he was allergic to milk, said, 'It's just a slap on the wrist.
Travel West Midlands spokesman Phil Bateman said the youth had received little more than a slap on the wrist while the victim had only recently returned to work where he was still only able to do "light office duties.
It's like a slap on the wrist which is deplorable given that the lives of innocent people have been forever altered.