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English definition of “slap sth on/onto (sth/sb)”

slap sth on/onto (sth/sb)

informal disapproving
verb [T] uk phrasal verb with slap   /slæp/ (-pp-) us  
When someone in authority slaps an unpleasant, difficult, or extra thing on someone or something, they suddenly make them or it provide or accept it: The government has slapped more tax on cigarettes. The librarian slapped a fine on him for returning the books late.
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