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slap on the wrist

A mild punishment or warning. Bill hasn't been late to school that many times, so just give him a slap on the wrist for his tardiness. Most people are outraged that the corporation only received a slap on the wrist after breaking so many regulations.
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limp-wristed

1. Weak; lacking force or conviction. Many have criticized the president's limp-wristed response to the attack, calling for him to authorize a full-fledged military strike.
2. (usually of a man) Weak; effeminate; lacking qualities typically associated with masculinity. (Often used in a pejorative way to imply that a man is homosexual.) He was at first dismissed out of hand by many as just a limp-wristed fop, but he proved himself to be one of the toughest litigators in the country.

*slap on the wrist

 
1. Lit. a hit on the wrist as a mild punishment for putting one's hands where they shouldn't be or taking something. (*Typically: get ~; give someone ~.) When Billy tried to grab another cookie, he got a slap on the wrist.
2. Fig. to get a light punishment (for doing something wrong). (*Typically: get ~; give some-one ~.) He created quite a disturbance, but he only got a slap on the wrist from the judge. I thought I'd get a slap on the wrist for speeding, but I got fined $500.
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slap someone on the wrist

 and slap someone's wrist 
1. Lit. to strike someone's wrist with the open hand, as a punishment. Aunt Maude slapped Tony on the wrist when he grabbed a couple of her freshly baked cookies. Tony was slapped on the wrist when he tried to swipe some cookies.
2. Fig. to administer only the mildest of punishments to someone. The judge did nothing but slap the mugger on the wrist.
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slap on the wrist

A mild reproof, as in We were fined heavily, and all she got from the judge was a slap on the wrist. [Early 1900s]
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a slap on the wrist

A slap on the wrist is a small punishment or occasion when someone is told they have done something wrong. She was given a small fine — a slap on the wrist really. But other than a few slaps on the wrist, the General went unpunished.
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slap on the wrist

a mild reprimand or punishment.
1997 New Scientist Last week, in a Washington district court, [a judge] ordered software giant Microsoft to stop forcing PC-makers to install both Windows 95 and its Web browser, Internet Explorer. So far, though, it is just a slap on the wrist.
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a slap on the ˈwrist

(informal) a small punishment or warning: I got a slap on the wrist from my secretary today for leaving the office so untidy.
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kick in the wrist

n. a drink of liquor. You want another kick in the wrist?
See also: kick, wrist

slap someone’s wrist

and slap someone on the wrist
tv. to administer a minor reprimand. The courts only slap them on the wrist and send them back out on the streets.
See also: slap, wrist

slap someone on the wrist

verb
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slap on the wrist

A nominal or token punishment.
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Zaterka streaked in down the left side and wristed a shot into the top corner, just over Flannery's glove.
Kemp, who wristed it toward a crowd in front of the net.
Kapanen pulled the Flyers within 3-2 at 5:17 of the second period when he intercepted Milan Jurcina's clearing attempt, closed in on Thomas and wristed the puck over his glove.
The Capitals tied it with 6:29 left in the second period when Calle Johansson wristed home a shot past Anaheim goalie Steve Shields.
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The Ducks led 1-0 with 16:36 left in the second period when Kariya wristed home a power-play goal.
Fleury walked out into the high slot and wristed the puck passed Lehman at 19:32.
Defenseman Steve Duchesne wristed home a shot from the right faceoff circle 4:32 into the game and with his team holding a two-man power play advantage.
The Ducks did make things interesting in the late going as Anaheim defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky cut the margin to one goal when he wristed home a shot with 2:44 left in the game.
He took a pass from Jason Blake in the high slot and wristed the puck over Rhodes' left shoulder.
Tampa Bay went ahead 1-0 late in the first when Brad Richards wristed a shot past Hebert.
Cummins wristed one on net and, with Bylsma and Kohn crashing, looked for the rebound.