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DO YOU KNOW THIS VOCABULARY FROM "THE HANDMAID'S TALE"?

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Idioms for slap

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

Origin of slap

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First recorded in 1625–35, slap is from the Low German word slapp, slappe; of expressive orig.

synonym study for slap

1. See blow1.

OTHER WORDS FROM slap

slap·per, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for slap on the wrist

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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Idioms and Phrases with slap on the wrist

slap on the wrist

A mild reproof, as in We were fined heavily, and all she got from the judge was a slap on the wrist. [Early 1900s]

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