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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.
See also: lip, smack


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 (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

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

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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Children acted up more and were more aggressive when they had been smacked by their mothers as five year olds, whether regularly or occasionally.
30pm, and during the second call Malcolm told her that he had smacked the boy's bottom.
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.
EDUCATION Secretary David Blunkett last night stepped into the row over playgroup smacking by revealing that he had smacked his own children - and it worked.
Organiser David Henry, 16, from Manchester, said: 'We want to make a political statement to the whole world that children should not be smacked or hurt in any way by anyone.
For those of us who were lucky enough to be brought up in loving homes, but were sometimes smacked for being naughty, to come out now saying that we don't support smacking might look disrespectful to parents we love or whose memories we cherish.
Plus, children who were smacked by their father at the age of five had a lower score on vocabulary tests than children who weren't.
More than 4000 people voted in the poll, which asked parents whether they smacked their children.
I was smacked when I was a child though and to be honest I wish the law had been around then about banning smacking because sometimes I thought it was unnecessary.
Since Tony Blair revealed he had smacked his older children, campaigners have renewed calls for children to be protected against all forms of discipline.
TONY Blair has revealed that he has smacked his older children.
Louise Trent, WirralMY DAD only smacked me once and I will never forget it.
DO we really want more cases like the father who smacked his child at the dentist's and was convicted of assault?
I've smacked him before when he really has gone too far, but it doesn't work.
He claimed the man who had smacked and kicked the children on ten occasions, had also taken to pulling their ears.