slap (one's) wrist

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slap (one's) wrist

To issue one with a very mild, inconsequential punishment or warning. The CEO ripped off millions of people, and they're just slapping his wrist instead of throwing him in jail where he belongs. Of course the country going to keep developing nuclear weapons if all we do is slap their wrists for it.
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slap someone’s wrist

and slap someone on the wrist
tv. to administer a minor reprimand. The courts only slap them on the wrist and send them back out on the streets.
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"I will have to slap her wrist. I am sure she will stop soon."
Press officer Sophie Jones at first denied that the card had been published on the website when I called to slap her wrists. "We're working on it as we speak so it's in draft form," she said.