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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. Use with caution due to meaning 2. Many have criticized the president's limp-wristed response to the attack, calling for him to authorize a full-fledged military strike.
2. offensive Weak and effeminate; lacking qualities typically associated with masculinity. Used in a derogatory 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 (one) on the wrist

To issue one with a very mild, inconsequential punishment or warning. The CEO ripped off millions of people, and instead of throwing him in jail where he belongs, they're just slapping him on the wrist. Of course the country is going to keep developing nuclear weapons if all we do is slap them on the wrist for it.
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slap (one's) wrist

To issue one with a very mild, inconsequential punishment or warning. The CEO ripped off millions of people, and they're just slapping his wrist instead of throwing him in jail where he belongs. Of course the country going to keep developing nuclear weapons if all we do is slap their wrists for it.
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*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?
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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.
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slap someone on the wrist

verb
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slap on the wrist

A nominal or token punishment.
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References in classic literature ?
Now, Bill, knock the tripe out of him!" Her grip was as strong as a man's, and her wrist pressed like an iron bar upon the Admiral's throat.
Then, as Gryphus seemed bent upon engaging in a struggle which the pain in his wrist, and shame for having allowed himself to be disarmed, would have made desperate, Cornelius took a decisive step, belaboring his jailer with the most heroic self-possession, and selecting the exact spot for every blow of the terrible cudgel.
The doctor held the thin wrist for a moment between his fingers, and let it go.
Brott dropped her wrist and turned round with an exclamation of anger.
Early buyers of the iPhone maker's first smartwatch, which can cost up to [pounds sterling]13,500, have taken to social media to report issues with some of their device's features when placed on wrists decorated with tattoos.
Half had fractured their wrists by falling on an outstretched hand, and half had other upper extremity conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Lean your upper body forward slightly and hold that position for 20 seconds, breathing normally; you will feel a stretch on the inside of your forearms and wrists. For a deeper stretch, move your upper body slowly back to an upright position.
PROMOTION chasing Chester received a hammer blow last night with the news that their inspirational striker Chris Simm has broken at least one of his wrists in a freak accident at home.
Jammu, Aug.13 (ANI): Security men guarding India's borders were reminded of their families and their homes as local girls tied Rakhis (sacred thread) on their wrists on Raksha Bandhan, the Hindu festival celebrated to mark the bond between siblings.
The constraints placed on the design of prosthetic wrists used for powered hands typically limit the degrees of freedom (DOFs) to a single axis.
Several studies found that beginners injured their wrists more often than higher-level snowboarders.
Multiple studies have indicated that a large portion of asymptomatic wrists can present with communicating defects in the TFCC and intrinsic ligaments.
[UKPRwire, Wed Jul 10 2019] Although less common than knee or hip replacement, wrists joint replacement is becoming necessary for patients whose forearm joints are damaged by an injury, infection, or a disease, leading to arthritic conditions.
Most amateur golfers have been taught the "safe" go-to chipping method: use a 7 or 8 iron, put the ball back in your stance, hands forward to create a shaft lean to the left (for a right-handed golfer) and use a "putting" stroke, which means keep your wrists firm.