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Idioms about slap

    slap on the wrist, relatively mild criticism or censure: He got away with a slap on the wrist.

Origin of slap

1
First recorded in 1625–35; from Low German slapp(e); of expressive origin

synonym study for slap

1. See blow1.

OTHER WORDS FROM slap

slapper, noun

Other definitions for slap (2 of 2)

slap2
[ slap ]
/ slæp /
Scot.

noun
a gap or opening, as in a fence, wall, cloud bank, or line of troops.
a mountain pass.
a wound or gash.
verb (used with object), slapped, slap·ping.
to make a gap or opening in; breach.

Origin of slap

2
First recorded in 1400–50; Middle English slop(e) “inroad made into enemy ranks,” from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German; cognate with German Schlupf “hiding place”
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How to use slap in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for slap

slap
/ (slæp) /

noun
verb slaps, slapping or slapped
adverb informal
exactly; directlyslap on time
forcibly or abruptlyto fall slap on the floor

Derived forms of slap

slapper, noun

Word Origin for slap

C17: from Low German slapp, German Schlappe, of imitative origin
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