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give someone a slap on the wrist

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give someone a slap on the wrist

verb phrase

To give a light and insufficient punishment; RAP someone's KNUCKLES: They caught a couple more Mafiosi and I'm sure they'll give them a real good slap on the wrist (1914+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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