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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.Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain 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.Insults and abuseTreating people or animals badly 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.Praising and applaudingExaggerating and playing down 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.Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beatingThreats and warnings

slap noun (FOR FACE)

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

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.
Synonym
Accurate and exact

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.Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain
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