A botched center-right leadership election on Nov. 18 verged on slapstick.
Correction: This article initially misidentified Slap Shot as slapstick.
Mr. Mayall, who was married with three children, was famed for his slapstick routines.
also slap-stick, originally (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 (n.). As an adjective by 1906. Meaning "farcical physical comedy, horseplay" (1916) is short for slapstick comedy or humor.
A very mild punishment • usually said when the punishment is felt to be unjustly lenient (1914+)