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"slap" in British English

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slapnoun

uk   /slæp/  us   /slæp/
  • 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 won - give him a slap on the back.
a slap on the wrist informal
a gentle warning or punishment: The police officer 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.

slapadverb

uk   /slæp/  us   /slæp/ (UK also slap bang) informal

slapverb [T]

uk   /slæp/  us   /slæp/ (-pp-)
B2 to hit someone or something 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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(Definition of slap from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slap" in American English

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slapverb

 us   /slæp/
  • slap verb (HIT)

[T] (-pp-) to hit someone quickly with the flat part of the hand: In the movie, he kisses her and she slaps his face.
  • slap verb (PUT QUICKLY)

[T always + adv/prep] to put or move something quickly or with force: Once I got to the counter, I slapped down my passport.

slapnoun [C]

 us   /slæp/
a quick hit with the flat part of the hand: She testified that she had only given her child a slap and had not meant to hurt her.
(Definition of slap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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