[Phrases] A Slap on the Wrist

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The idiomA Slap on the Wristmeans to get a light punishment (for doing something wrong). Example of Use: “He should be in jail for what he did, but he got off with just a slap on the wrist.” The origin of the idiom is probably 18th century England, as it was in this place and time that the word ‘slap’ began to be used not just literally, but figuratively. As punishments were often quite severe in those days, a slap on the wrist would have been considered to be extremely minor.

Today, we are going to learn some phrases about “slap”, are you ready? Let’s go!


1. slap in the face

To describe words or actions that have offended or otherwise upset someone

It was a real slap in the face when she got promoted over me,  especially after the amount of work I did on that last project.

The bank refused to lend her any more money, which was a real slap in the face for her.

2. slap (one) about

To physically assault someone, especially as a means of control or intimidation

Our dad wasn’t afraid to slap us about a bit when we got out of line as kids.

If he still won’t sign the contract, send some muscle over there to slap him about a bit.

3. slap together

To assemble, arrange, or put together haphazardly, carelessly, or in haste

Be sure to follow the instructions——don’t just slap it together like you usually do!

A: “This dinner is delicious!” B: “It’s nothing special. I just slapped  together a few different leftovers we had in the fridge.”

4. slap (one) with (something)

To present someone with a legal notice, citation, or indictment.

He slapped me with a speeding ticket just for going a few miles above the speed limit.

The landlord just slapped us with an eviction notice this morning.

That’s all for [Phrases] today. Now try to make at least one sentence with the phrases above!

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5 Comments

  • My friends slap the face have idea new my business but I don’t care how all said

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  • I remember getting one slap in my mouth as a kid for coursing.

    It was a real slap in the face when she denied me a bite of fricking ice cream.

    At least now it won’t be like a slap on his face when he receives the notice.

    If she keeps interrupting me i will offer her a slap on the wrist.

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  • That is the real slap in the face when my mother does not allow me to go to the bookstore for purchasing the newest novel.

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