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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.
See also: face, smack

smack (one's) lips

1. Literally, to lick one's lips in anticipation of eating something delicious. This nutritious recipe is sure to have your kids smacking their lips!
2. By extension, to eagerly anticipate something with great pleasure. Property developers have been smacking their lips at the thoughts of getting their hands on such prime real estate.
3. To make unintentional smacking noises with one's mouth, especially when speaking. Try not to smack your lips when you lean into the mic, it's really loud in the headphones.
See also: lip, smack

smack-bang

Directly; exactly at a particular place. Usually used to emphasize a prepositional phrase of location, especially "in the middle." There I was, smack-bang in the middle of Taiwan with no money and no way to contact my family. The criminal turned the corner and ran smack-bang into a group of off-duty police officers.

smack of (something)

To be strikingly reminiscent or suggestive of something; to give a strong indication or implication of something. Their whole PR statement about the firing smacks of corporate greed and incompetence. The judge's sudden reversal of his decision smacks of bribery or corruption, if you ask me.
See also: of, smack

have a smack at (something)

To try to do something. Primarily heard in UK. A: "Do you want to try driving my car, to see how you like it?" B: "Yeah, sure, I'll have a smack at it."
See also: have, smack

smack-dab

Directly; exactly at a particular place. Usually used to emphasize a prepositional phrase of location, especially "in the middle." There I was, smack-dab in the middle of Taiwan with no money and no way to contact my family. The criminal turned the corner and ran smack-dab into a group of off-duty police officers.

smack-bang in the middle

Right in the middle or most central part (of something). There I was, smack-bang in the middle of Taiwan, with no money and no way to contact my family. You don't want the levels to get too high or too low. You need to keep it smack-bang in the middle.
See also: middle

smack-dab in the middle

Right in the middle or most central part (of something). There I was, smack-dab in the middle of Taiwan, with no money and no way to contact my family. You don't want the levels to get too high or too low. You need to keep it smack-dab in the middle.
See also: middle

smack down

1. To beat or thrash someone very thoroughly and conclusively, whether in a fight or in a contest. I won't hesitate smacking you down if you don't shut your mouth right this minute! The team smacked their opponents down in the semifinals.
2. To set something down (onto something else) with a smack. A noun or pronoun can be used between "smack" and "down." She smacked the newspaper down on my desk, demanding an explanation for the article about our company's involvement in the scandal. He came up, smacked down a search warrant, and proceeded to turn my apartment upside down.
3. To dismiss, disprove, or refute something with great ease, efficacy, and authority. A noun or pronoun can be used between "smack" and "down." The scientist smacked down the conspiracy theorist's arguments during the live debate. The television program specializes in smacking popular myths down by testing them in real life.
See also: down, smack

smack in the middle

Right in the middle or most central part (of something). There I was, smack in the middle of Taiwan, with no money and no way to contact my family. You don't want the levels to get too high or too low. You need to keep it smack in the middle.
See also: middle, smack

smack (dab) in the middle

exactly in the middle. I came in smack dab in the middle of the play. I want a piece that is not too big and not too smalljust smack in the middle.
See also: middle, smack

smack in the face

Fig. something that will humiliate someone, often when it is considered deserved; an insult. Being rejected by Jane was a real smack in the face for Tom, who thought she was fond of him. Meg thought she was the best-qualified candidate for the job, and not getting it was a smack in the face.
See also: face, smack

smack of something

to be reminiscent of something; to imply something. The whole scheme smacked of dishonesty and deception. All of this story smacks of illegal practices.
See also: of, smack

smack someone down

 
1. Lit. to knock a person down or cause a person to retreat with a slap or a blow. He tried to touch her again and she smacked him down. She smacked down the rude fellow.
2. Fig. to rebuke someone. she smacked him down by telling him that he didn't fit in there anymore. He has a way of smacking down people who ask stupid questions.
See also: down, smack

smack something down (on something)

 and smack something down (onto something)
to slap something down onto something. He smacked his bet down onto the table, angry with his mounting losses. Todd smacked down his hand on the table. She smacked her dollar down and grabbed up the newspaper.
See also: down, smack

smack the road

Sl. to leave; to hit the road. Time to smack the road! Let's go! Let's smack the road. I have to get up early.
See also: road, smack

have a smack at

make an attempt at or attack on. informal
See also: have, smack

a smack in the face (or eye)

a strong rebuff. informal
See also: face, smack

lick/smack your ˈlips


1 move your tongue over your lips, especially before eating something good
2 (informal) show that you are excited about something and want it to happen soon: They were licking their lips at the thought of clinching the deal.
See also: lick, lip, smack

smack of

v.
1. To have the distinctive flavor or taste of something: The soup smacks of garlic.
2. To give an indication of something; be suggestive of something: The city's reluctance to investigate the murder smacked of corruption.
See also: of, smack

dick smack

n. a moron; a stupid jerk. (Possibly a reference to masturbation.) You loony dick smack! Get out of my face!
See also: dick, smack

smack (dab) in the middle

mod. exactly in the middle. (see also slap-dab.) Not too big and not too small. Just smack in the middle.
See also: dab, middle, smack

smack in the middle

verb
See also: middle, smack

smack the road

tv. to leave; to hit the road. Let’s smack the road. I have to get up early.
See also: road, smack
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It's lazy parenting Kamil Martinez: Of course they do back in my days when i used to be naughty or rude my mum used to beat me up with her slipper her belt her hand and that used to hurt nowadays these kids are so rude and bad and they let them get away with it I agree they should Sarah Spencer: I was smacked when I was younger and it did not improve my behaviour especially as a teenager.
It says to them it is OK to smack someone if you feel annoyed.
The appellate decision in favor of the universities seemed to hinge upon two key points: (1) the court's finding of an overwhelming similarity between Smack Apparel's t-shirts and the universities' licensed products and (2) Smack Apparel's admission that its use of colors and indicia on its shirts was done purposely to call the universities to the minds of the fans.
If the child in the bank had had experience of a smacked bottom, his mother would only have had to hint at it to get appropriate behaviour.
A chum of mine is happy to admit she smacks her daughter.
I think a more affective method of punishment is to deprive children of the things that they like, such as, television for a night, than it is to smack them."
As it stands, I as a loving parent of four children could be criminalised for giving any one of them a mild smack that leaves a red mark.
The supreme court said an occasional smack is acceptable -but anything more would constitute a crime.
Father-of-three Mr Blunkett said: "I believe that the right to smack in exceptional circumstances should remain with parents and with carers who are carrying out the explicit wishes of parents.
At present, parents are allowed to smack or physically chastise a child as long as it is deemed "reasonable".
Gareth Thomas I grew up getting a smack, taught me right from wrong, to respect my elders.
It follows a survey which shows 77 per cent of people in the West Midlands think it is becoming less acceptable to smack a child, with 42 per cent wanting to shop in a smack-free shop.
But these days it's a brave parent who admits they smack their child.
To smack or not to smack is a debate to divide parents.
A smack lets a child know bad behaviour cannot be tolerated.