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.
See also: slap, wrist
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For anyone who revels in sporting conspiracy theories - like how the hell South Korea reached the semi-finals of the World Cup at the expense of Italy and Spain (slap my wrist) - this was justification for the hours spent in the pub regaling their views to an unresponsive audience.
Tut tut, slap my wrist. I am thinking about racing honestly.
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Unfortunately, the WPBSA tied my hands behind my back rather than slap my wrist as they have with some.
Nicola has also solved the problem of eating unhealthily at work: 'I said to the girls 'I'm on a diet, if you see me picking up anything unhealthy, slap my wrist and say Nic put it down'.'
He did things like slap my wrists when I hit the wrong gear, very un-PC, but effective.