a smack in the face
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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.
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a smack in the face (or eye)a strong rebuff. informal
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