slap in the face


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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.
See also: face, slap
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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.
See also: face, slap
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: face, slap
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: face, slap
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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.
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a slap in the ˈface

an 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
See also: face, slap
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

a slap in the face

n. an insult; a rejection. That remark was a real slap in the face.
See also: face, slap
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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