slap (one) around

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slap (one) around

To physically assault someone, especially as a means of control or intimidation. Our dad wasn't afraid to slap us around a bit when we got out of line as kids. If he still won't sign the contract, send some muscle over there to slap him around a bit.
See also: around, slap
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slap around

v.
To be rough or brutal with someone; abuse someone: The gangsters threatened to slap me around if I didn't get the money by Friday.
See also: around, slap
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