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smack in the face

A set phrase used to describe words or actions that have offended or otherwise upset someone. It was a real smack in the face when she got promoted over me, especially after the amount of work I did on that last project.
See also: face, smack

smack (one's) lips

1. Literally, to lick one's lips in anticipation of eating something delicious. This nutritious recipe is sure to have your kids smacking their lips!
2. By extension, to eagerly anticipate something with great pleasure. Property developers have been smacking their lips at the thoughts of getting their hands on such prime real estate.
3. To make unintentional smacking noises with one's mouth, especially when speaking. Try not to smack your lips when you lean into the mic, it's really loud in the headphones.
See also: lip, smack


Directly; exactly at a particular place. Usually used to emphasize a prepositional phrase of location, especially "in the middle." There I was, smack-bang in the middle of Taiwan with no money and no way to contact my family. The criminal turned the corner and ran smack-bang into a group of off-duty police officers.

smack of (something)

To be strikingly reminiscent or suggestive of something; to give a strong indication or implication of something. Their whole PR statement about the firing smacks of corporate greed and incompetence. The judge's sudden reversal of his decision smacks of bribery or corruption, if you ask me.
See also: of, smack

have a smack at (something)

To try to do something. Primarily heard in UK. A: "Do you want to try driving my car, to see how you like it?" B: "Yeah, sure, I'll have a smack at it."
See also: have, smack

smack (dab) in the middle

exactly in the middle. I came in smack dab in the middle of the play. I want a piece that is not too big and not too smalljust smack in the middle.
See also: middle, smack

smack in the face

Fig. something that will humiliate someone, often when it is considered deserved; an insult. Being rejected by Jane was a real smack in the face for Tom, who thought she was fond of him. Meg thought she was the best-qualified candidate for the job, and not getting it was a smack in the face.
See also: face, smack

smack of something

to be reminiscent of something; to imply something. The whole scheme smacked of dishonesty and deception. All of this story smacks of illegal practices.
See also: of, smack

smack someone down

1. Lit. to knock a person down or cause a person to retreat with a slap or a blow. He tried to touch her again and she smacked him down. She smacked down the rude fellow.
2. Fig. to rebuke someone. she smacked him down by telling him that he didn't fit in there anymore. He has a way of smacking down people who ask stupid questions.
See also: down, smack

smack something down (on something)

 and smack something down (onto something)
to slap something down onto something. He smacked his bet down onto the table, angry with his mounting losses. Todd smacked down his hand on the table. She smacked her dollar down and grabbed up the newspaper.
See also: down, smack

smack the road

Sl. to leave; to hit the road. Time to smack the road! Let's go! Let's smack the road. I have to get up early.
See also: road, smack

have a smack at

make an attempt at or attack on. informal
See also: have, smack

a smack in the face (or eye)

a strong rebuff. informal
See also: face, smack

lick/smack your ˈlips

1 move your tongue over your lips, especially before eating something good
2 (informal) show that you are excited about something and want it to happen soon: They were licking their lips at the thought of clinching the deal.
See also: lick, lip, smack

smack of

1. To have the distinctive flavor or taste of something: The soup smacks of garlic.
2. To give an indication of something; be suggestive of something: The city's reluctance to investigate the murder smacked of corruption.
See also: of, smack

dick smack

n. a moron; a stupid jerk. (Possibly a reference to masturbation.) You loony dick smack! Get out of my face!
See also: dick, smack

smack (dab) in the middle

mod. exactly in the middle. (see also slap-dab.) Not too big and not too small. Just smack in the middle.
See also: dab, middle, smack

smack in the middle

See also: middle, smack

smack the road

tv. to leave; to hit the road. Let’s smack the road. I have to get up early.
See also: road, smack
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But I suppose like many of you the odd smack didn't do me any harm.
In their ruling, the supreme court judges said parents and others acting in a parental capacity had the right to smack a child occasionally 'following inappropriate behaviour and with the aim of educating the child.
Father-of-three Mr Blunkett said: "I believe that the right to smack in exceptional circumstances should remain with parents and with carers who are carrying out the explicit wishes of parents.
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Oliver is quite well behaved anyway and he hasn't done anything really naughty or bad but even if he did I don't think I would smack him.
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PARENTS who smack their children hard enough to leave a mark face up to five years' imprisonment.
If you had a small child who kept turning the gas oven on, no matter how many times you told them not to, might you end up giving them a smack to stop them?
Childcare campaigners have hit out at Government plans to let childminders smack youngsters.