slap stick

slapstick

[slap-stik]
noun
1.
broad comedy characterized by boisterous action, as the throwing of pies in actors' faces, mugging, and obvious farcical situations and jokes.
2.
a stick or lath used by harlequins, clowns, etc., as in pantomime, for striking other performers, especially a combination of laths that make a loud, clapping noise without hurting the person struck.
adjective
3.
using, or marked by the use of, broad farce and horseplay: a slapstick motion picture.

Origin:
1895–1900, Americanism; slap1 + stick1

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slapstick (ˈslæpˌstɪk)
 
n
1.  a.  comedy characterized by horseplay and physical action
 b.  (as modifier): slapstick humour
2.  a flexible pair of paddles bound together at one end, formerly used in pantomime to strike a blow to a person with a loud clapping sound but without injury

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slapstick
"farcical physical comedy, horseplay," 1926, from slapstick (1896) a device consisting of two sticks fastened together so as to slap loudly when a clown or actor hits somebody with it, or to make a sound-effect offstage; from slap and stick.
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