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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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Lorraine Taylor No problem with smacking a child - the problem is always the parent doing it - a smack correctly used teaches respect.
But with Assembly Members already voting in principle to remove the defence of "reasonable chastisement" as far back as 2011, although they did not have the power at that time to impose a ban on smacking, Ms Holland said there is a sense things are changing at Cardiff Bay as well as in the public mood.
Mr Craig believes switching to Australia's version of the smacking law would be a more sensible approach.
Researchers said it is possible that parents who are smacking are not talking to their children as often as those who don't.
Lots of stories from the past will tell us about parents smacking their children but as things have progressed we've found out that it isn't a good solution for discipline.
But Dr Tracey Tyler, an expert in child psychology at Teesside University, believes physical punishment should never be used to discipline a child - and that smacking "does more harm than good".
It was the 2004 Children Act that prompted confusion of smacking and contributed to the current crisis.
Mr Lammy has set out his support changing the smacking laws in his book Out Of The Ashes: After The Riots.
If a smacking ban succeeds, forget assurances that it will be used with common sense.
CARTOONIST Ken Wilkins was inspired by a story on the issue of smacking children in city stores.
A WOMAN has been convicted of assault for smacking a three-year-old girl she mistook for her runaway granddaughter.
The bill, which is still being drafted, will be written broadly to prohibit ``any striking of a child, any corporal punishment, smacking, hitting, punching, any of that,'' she said.
Each time, the experimenter started with a plain face followed by a series of displays that included sticking out the tongue, opening the mouth, smacking the lips, opening a hand, and spinning a face-sized colored disk.
FIRST MINISTER Jack McConnell yesterday rejected fresh calls for mums and dads to be banned from smacking their kids.
Elizabeth Donald, a translator from Glasgow, said: "There are definitely better methods that parents can use than smacking.