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slap down

To restrain, inhibit, or suppress someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "slap" and "down." 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. You've slapped every one of my suggestions down, so I don't know what else you want me to say.
See also: down, slap

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.
See also: down, slap

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.
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slap down

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.
See also: down, slap

slap down

v.
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.
See also: down, slap
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The Gunners face the erratic Italians at Murrayfield and Solomons is banking on the muscle power of Dave Denton and Dimitri Basilaia to slap them down.
The mourners are keen to speculate about why the police interrupted Pauline's funeral, but a furious Ian is quick to slap them down for gossiping while he's trying to give his aunt a good send-off.
As if to slap them down for their cheek, Thompson got the goal his performance deserved when he buried a last-minute free-kick from 22 yards.
If lids are stuck together, slap them down on the counter, and they will separate easily.
For the SNP hierarchy not to slap them down immediately simply compounds the stupidity.
Three things have occurred in the past two weeks that are clearly designed to sound the death knell for women, to slap them down as they deserve, to stop the mouthiness and show who's boss, to give back power to the powerful.
If Mandelson, Cook and Byers are lobbying for a more pro-euro policy without the Prime Minister's connivance, he should slap them down hard.