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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.
And the law was too often used as a legal defence to excuse violent behaviour that went far beyond a smack.
I don't agree with parents who go too far and end up hurting the children, but there's nothing wrong with an occasional smack.
I think it's very important for children to be shown who's boss and sometimes a smack can help to do that.
A mum says she is proud to smack her children in a controversial new documentary to be shown this week.
This week a new documentary discusses the contentious issue of whether parents should or shouldn't smack.
But many mums and dads defend their right to administer a warning smack, perhaps a tap to the hand,after persistent bad behaviour.
He said: "Everyone who smacks a child has lost the argument with the child.
Mum-of-two Louise Sarll, 30, of Cambridgeshire, says she occasionally smacks her daughter, Holly, two.
We would not want to see parents prosecuted for minor smacks, but we believe there should be more support available to parents to find alternative ways of managing and dealing with children's behaviour.
Public policy officer Jayne Isaac said: "We do not want to see parents prosecuted for minor smacks, but we do advocate alternative methods of punishment in our projects, which have a no smacking policy.
Smack, who is dedicated to ensuring a successful launch, will promote a Kickstarter campaign in late August 2013 with the purpose of expanding production, promotions, and distribution of the new line.
Just over half thought it was "sometimes necessary to smack a naughty