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slap down

To restrain, inhibit, or suppress someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "slap" and "down." The manager has been slapping down any member of staff with dissenting opinions. Once the military assumed control of the government, it began slapping down all rebel activity with lethal force. You've slapped every one of my suggestions down, so I don't know what else you want me to say.
See also: down, slap

slap someone down

 
1. Lit. to cause someone to fall by striking with the open hand. she became enraged and slapped him down when he approached her again. Liz slapped down the insulting wretch.
2. Fig. to squelch someone; to rebuke or rebuff someone. I had a great idea, but the boss slapped me down. Don't slap down people without hearing what they have to say.
See also: down, slap

slap something down

to strike downward with something flat in one's hand. she slapped the dollar bill down in great anger and took her paper cup full of water away with her. Karen slapped down the money that the bailiff demanded.
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slap down

Restrain or correct emphatically, as in They thought he was getting far too arrogant and needed to be slapped down. This idiom, which literally means "inflict a physical blow," began to be used figuratively in the first half of the 1900s.
See also: down, slap

slap down

v.
1. To restrain or correct someone with a sharp blow or forceful censure: The soldier slapped me down for talking back. The judge slapped down the defendant for speaking out of turn.
2. To put a sudden end to something; suppress something: We must slap this behavior down before it gets out of control. The school slapped down roughhousing on the playground after a child had been hurt.
See also: down, slap
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If you get ahead of yourself the Championship will always slap you down.
Merseyside people keep you grounded, slap you down if you get above yourself.
He said: "When you're the only boy and there's six girls, you can't have a big head about anything because they will slap you down. "I'm just so grateful that my mum has kept me grounded and I'm just so lucky that I won again and I'm just literally chuffed.
Why is it that every time you start to talk about a more interesting subject, someone wants to slap you down or be defensive?
But don't be too sure of yourself, someone could try to slap you down and anyway, you may be mistaken.
The problem with Britain is that people want to slap you down, and put you in a box.