smack in the face

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
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Eugene: Defeat was smack in the face EUGENE Martin admits his young Birmingham & Solihull team had a 'smack in the face from reality' after the wheels fell off their bandwagon at the weekend.
It was a bit of a smack in the face, because not much went right in that game either for myself or for the team.