Origin of slap-up

First recorded in 1820–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for slap-up

Historical Examples of slap-up

  • Moses, ain't she a slap-up girl, and ain't they just spooney!

    The New Tenant

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • Slap-up offices you've got, and the chink of money everywhere.

    The Golden Web

    Anthony Partridge

  • Here he was riding on a splendid machine with a Slap-up girl beside him.

  • Well, I guess I'd better buy a car, a slap-up one, dress as a chauffeur and hang about outside.

    The Secret Adversary

    Agatha Christie

  • A trim garden ran down the centre, at the furthest end of which stood the largest and the most slap-up building of the lot.

British Dictionary definitions for slap-up


  1. (prenominal) British informal (esp of meals) lavish; excellent; first-class
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