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slap in the face
A set phrase used to describe words or actions that have offended or otherwise upset someone. It was a real slap in the face when she got promoted over me, especially after the amount of work I did on that last project.
slap on the back
An expression of approval or praise. Brett's boss gave him a slap on the back after he completed the project early and under budget.
slap on the wrist
A mild punishment or warning. Bill hasn't been late to school that many times, so just give him a slap on the wrist for his tardiness. Most people are outraged that the corporation only received a slap on the wrist after breaking so many regulations.
slang The use of one's penis to slap another's face.
slap and tickle
euphemism Mild sexual activity. Primarily heard in UK. My flatmates were having a bit of slap and tickle in the sitting room when I came home last night. It was awkward, to say the least.
slap (someone or something) down
To restrain, inhibit, or suppress someone or something. The manager has been slapping down any member of staff with dissenting opinions. Once the military assumed control of the government, it began slapping down all rebel activity with lethal force.
1. To assemble, arrange, or put together haphazardly, carelessly, or in haste. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "together." A: "This dinner is delicious!" B: "It's nothing special. I just threw together a few different leftovers we had in the fridge." You can tell they threw a bunch of clichés together when they were writing the story. Be sure to follow the instructions—don't just throw it together like you usually do!
2. To put multiple people into close proximity or association. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used between "throw" and "together." We're going to throw the two top developers together to see what they can come up with. We were thrown together by random chance, but it ended up being the most important moment of our lives. Be sure to follow the instructions—don't just throw it together like you usually do!
slap (one) on the back
To give someone a sign or expression of praise or approval. Brett's boss slapped us all on the back after we completed the project early and under budget.
slap against someone or something
[for something] to flap or strike against someone or something. The flag kept slapping against Ed, making it hard for him to remain at attention. The awning slapped against the side of the house.
slap in the face
an insult; an act that causes disappointment or discouragement. Losing the election was a slap in the face for the club president. Failing to get into a good college was a slap in the face to Tim after his years of study.
*slap on the wrist
1. Lit. a hit on the wrist as a mild punishment for putting one's hands where they shouldn't be or taking something. (*Typically: get ~; give someone ~.) When Billy tried to grab another cookie, he got a slap on the wrist.
2. Fig. to get a light punishment (for doing something wrong). (*Typically: get ~; give some-one ~.) He created quite a disturbance, but he only got a slap on the wrist from the judge. I thought I'd get a slap on the wrist for speeding, but I got fined $500.
slap someone down
1. Lit. to cause someone to fall by striking with the open hand. she became enraged and slapped him down when he approached her again. Liz slapped down the insulting wretch.
2. Fig. to squelch someone; to rebuke or rebuff someone. I had a great idea, but the boss slapped me down. Don't slap down people without hearing what they have to say.
slap someone in something
Fig. Inf. to put or throw someone in jail or prison. The sheriff slapped the crooks in jail. Do you want me to slap you in jail?
slap someone on something
to slap a particular part of someone. Gerald was always slapping his friends on the back. He slapped himself on the knee and laughed very loudly.
slap someone on the wristand slap someone's wrist
1. Lit. to strike someone's wrist with the open hand, as a punishment. Aunt Maude slapped Tony on the wrist when he grabbed a couple of her freshly baked cookies. Tony was slapped on the wrist when he tried to swipe some cookies.
2. Fig. to administer only the mildest of punishments to someone. The judge did nothing but slap the mugger on the wrist.
slap something against someone or something
to flap or strike something onto someone or something. The wind slapped the branch against Walter. The gusts from the storm slapped the shutters against the side of the house.
slap something down
to strike downward with something flat in one's hand. she slapped the dollar bill down in great anger and took her paper cup full of water away with her. Karen slapped down the money that the bailiff demanded.
slap something on
1. Inf. to dress in something hastily. Henry slapped a shirt on and went out to say something to the garbage hauler. He slapped on a shirt and ran to the bus stop.
2. Go to slap something onto someone or something.
slap something on someone
Inf. to serve someone with a legal paper or citation. The strange man came into the office and slapped a subpoena on Mary. I will slap a citation on you for speeding if you don't stop arguing.
slap something onto someone or somethingand slap something on
to place something onto someone or something by slapping. Tim slapped a sign onto Gary that said "kick me." Tim came up to Gary's back and slapped on a sign.
throw something togetherand slap something together
to assemble or arrange something in haste. Don't just slap something together! Use care and do it right. You assembled this device very badly. It seems that you just slapped it together. John went into the kitchen to throw together something for dinner.
Restrain or correct emphatically, as in They thought he was getting far too arrogant and needed to be slapped down. This idiom, which literally means "inflict a physical blow," began to be used figuratively in the first half of the 1900s.
slap in the face
A sharp rebuke or rebuff, as in Being criticized in front of my staff was a real slap in the face, or We thought it quite a slap in the face when they returned our letter unopened. The figurative use of this term, which can also refer to a literal blow, dates from the late 1800s.
slap on the back
A gesture of congratulation, as in The coach gave him a slap on the back for coming in first. [Early 1800s]
slap on the wrist
A mild reproof, as in We were fined heavily, and all she got from the judge was a slap on the wrist. [Early 1900s]
1. Assemble hurriedly, as in I just threw together some salad and took it along. [Early 1700s]
2. Cause to associate, as in Their parents were always throwing the young couple together hoping they would like each other . [Early 1800s]
a slap in the face
COMMON A slap in the face is an action or remark which insults and upsets you. The union leader described the payouts to both bosses as `a slap in the face for all the hard-working staff who now find themselves out of work'. They promoted a colleague who had been with the company for less time than Paola and it was a real slap in the face for her.
a slap on the wrist
A slap on the wrist is a small punishment or occasion when someone is told they have done something wrong. She was given a small fine — a slap on the wrist really. But other than a few slaps on the wrist, the General went unpunished.
slap and ticklephysical amorous play. British informal
a slap in the face (or eye)an unexpected rejection or affront.
1996 Independent The move was seen as another slap in the face for the monarchy in Australia.
slap on the wrista mild reprimand or punishment.
1997 New Scientist Last week, in a Washington district court, [a judge] ordered software giant Microsoft to stop forcing PC-makers to install both Windows 95 and its Web browser, Internet Explorer. So far, though, it is just a slap on the wrist.
slap someone on the backcongratulate someone heartily.
(a bit of) slap and ˈtickle(old-fashioned, British English, informal) kissing and cuddling between lovers: We used to do anything to get a bit of slap and tickle when we were young lads.
a slap in the ˈfacean action that seems to be intended as a deliberate insult to somebody: The bank refused to lend her any more money, which was a real slap in the face for her. OPPOSITE: give somebody/yourself a pat on the back
a slap on the ˈwrist(informal) a small punishment or warning: I got a slap on the wrist from my secretary today for leaving the office so untidy.
To be rough or brutal with someone; abuse someone: The gangsters threatened to slap me around if I didn't get the money by Friday.
1. To restrain or correct someone with a sharp blow or forceful censure: The soldier slapped me down for talking back. The judge slapped down the defendant for speaking out of turn.
2. To put a sudden end to something; suppress something: We must slap this behavior down before it gets out of control. The school slapped down roughhousing on the playground after a child had been hurt.
1. To apply something quickly or carelessly: The cook slapped some butter on the toast and put it on the plate. Running late, I slapped on some clothes and hurried off to class.
2. To impose some legal obligation, such as a tax or fine, on someone or something: The government slapped a tax on all imports. If your payment is late, the credit card company will slap on a late fee in addition to interest.
To subject someone or something to some legal obligation, such as a fine or court order: The police officer slapped him with a speeding ticket. Her neighbor slapped her with a lawsuit.
1. To assemble or arrange someone or something hurriedly or haphazardly: The cook threw together some supper. I threw together an outfit. We threw the trip together in a week.
2. To force some people into relation or proximity with one another. Used chiefly in the passive: The survivors were thrown together by the tragic shipwreck.
1. n. an act of striking a male in the genitals. She pecker slapped him and watched him writhe in pain.
2. tv. to strike a make in the genitals. We’ll pecker slap those guys with every dodge ball we throw.
mod. silly; giddy. I get slap happy when I have to stay up this late.
a slap in the face
n. an insult; a rejection. That remark was a real slap in the face.
slap someone’s wristand slap someone on the wrist
tv. to administer a minor reprimand. The courts only slap them on the wrist and send them back out on the streets.
slap someone on the wristverb
mod. directly; exactly in place. (see also smack (dab) in the middle.) I found this pop bottle slap-dab on top of the car! How’d it get there?
mod. fast and careless. I wish you hadn’t done it in such a slap-dash fashion.
slap on the wrist
A nominal or token punishment.