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slap

1 [slap]
noun
1.
a sharp blow or smack, especially with the open hand or with something flat.
2.
a sound made by or as if by such a blow or smack: the slap of the waves against the dock.
3.
a sharply worded or sarcastic rebuke or comment.
verb (used with object), slapped, slapping.
4.
to strike sharply, especially with the open hand or with something flat.
5.
to bring (the hand, something flat, etc.) with a sharp blow against something.
6.
to dash or cast forcibly: He slapped the package against the wall.
7.
to put or place promptly and sometimes haphazardly (often followed by on ): The officer slapped a ticket on the car. He slapped mustard on the sandwich.
adverb
8.
Informal. directly; straight; smack: The tug rammed slap into the side of the freighter.
Verb phrases
9.
slap down,
a.
to subdue, especially by a blow or by force; suppress.
b.
to reject, oppose, or criticize sharply: to slap down dissenting voices.
Idioms
10.
slap on the wrist, relatively mild criticism or censure: He got away with a slap on the wrist.

Origin:
1625–35; < Low German slapp, slappe; of expressive orig.

slapper, noun


1. See blow1.
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slap (slæp)
 
n
1.  a sharp blow or smack, as with the open hand, something flat, etc
2.  the sound made by or as if by such a blow
3.  a sharp rebuke; reprimand
4.  informal (Brit) a bit of slap and tickle, slap and tickle sexual play
5.  a slap in the face an insult or rebuff
6.  a slap on the back congratulation
7.  a slap on the wrist a light punishment or reprimand
 
vb (when intr, usually foll by against) , slaps, slapping, slapped
8.  (tr) to strike (a person or thing) sharply, as with the open hand or something flat
9.  (tr) to bring down (the hand, something flat, etc) sharply
10.  to strike (something) with or as if with a slap
11.  informal chiefly (Brit) (tr) to apply in large quantities, haphazardly, etc: she slapped butter on the bread
12.  slap on the back to congratulate
 
adv
13.  exactly; directly: slap on time
14.  forcibly or abruptly: to fall slap on the floor
 
[C17: from Low German slapp, German Schlappe, of imitative origin]
 
'slapper
 
n

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slap
1632, probably of imitative origin, similar to Low Ger. slappe, Ger. Schlappe. The noun is recorded from 1648; fig. meaning "insult" is attested from 1736. Slapdash (1679) is first attested in Dryden. Slap-happy (1936) originally meant "punch-drunk." Slapshot in ice hockey is recorded from 1942. Slap
on the wrist "very mild punishment" dates from 1914.
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