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slap

noun uk   /slæp/ us  

slap noun (HIT)

C2 [C] a quick hit with the flat part of the hand or other flat object: She gave her son a slap for behaving badly.a slap in the face C2 informal an action that insults or upsets someone: It was a real slap in the face for him when she refused to go out to dinner with him.a slap on the back the action of hitting someone in a friendly way on the back in order to show praise for something they have done: He's won - give him a slap on the back.a slap on the wrist informal a gentle warning or punishment: The judge gave Minna a slap on the wrist for not wearing her seat belt.

slap noun (FOR FACE)

[U] UK informal →  make-up : I'm just going to put a bit of slap on.

slap

adverb uk   /slæp/ ( UK also slap bang) informal us  
directly or right: The football player kicked the ball slap into the middle of the net.
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slap

verb [T] uk   /slæp/ (-pp-) us  
B2 to hit someone with the flat part of the hand or other flat object: She slapped his face. She slapped him across the face. His friends slapped him on the back when he said he was getting married (= hit him lightly on the back in a friendly way to express pleasure at what he had done). When her ideas were rejected, she slapped her report (down) on the table and stormed out of the meeting.
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