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Meaning of “slap” in the English Dictionary

"slap" in British English

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slapnoun

uk   us   /slæp/
  • slap noun (HIT)

C2 [C] a ​quickhit with the ​flatpart of the ​hand or other ​flatobject: She gave her ​son a slap for ​behavingbadly.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 ​gentlewarning or ​punishment: The ​policeofficer gave Minna a slap on the ​wrist for not ​wearing her ​seatbelt.
  • slap noun (FOR FACE)

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

slapadverb

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

slapverb [T]

uk   us   /slæp/ (-pp-)
B2 to ​hit someone or something with the ​flatpart of the ​hand or other ​flatobject: 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 ​expresspleasure 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 ​flatpart 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 ​quickhit with the ​flatpart 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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