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smackverb [I/T]

us   /smæk/
  • smack verb [I/T] (HIT FORCEFULLY)

to hit someone or something forcefully, usually making a loud noise: [T] I was afraid she was going to smack me. [I] The car spun around and smacked into a tree. [T] She smacked the ball over the fence. [M] He smacked his hand down on the table to get our attention.
Phrasal verbs

smackadverb [not gradable]

us   /smæk/
directly and with force: He stopped the car so suddenly, the car behind ran smack into him.

smacknoun [C]

us   /smæk/
a forceful hit, usually making a loud noise: The men were keeping the volleyball in the air with sure-handed smacks.
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"smack" in British English

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smackverb

uk   /smæk/ us   /smæk/
[T] to hit someone or something forcefully with the flat inside part of your hand, producing a short, loud noise, especially as a way of punishing a child: I never smack my children. I'll smack your bottom if you don't behave yourself.
[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to hit something hard against something else: I smacked my head on the corner of the shelf. She smacked her books down on the table and stormed out of the room.
Phrasal verbs

smacknoun

uk   /smæk/ us   /smæk/

smackadverb

uk   /smæk/ us   /smæk/ UK also smack bang, US also smack dab
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