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Meaning of "a slap on the wrist" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF A SLAP ON THE WRIST

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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE A SLAP ON THE WRIST

a shingle short
a shot across someone´s bows
a shoulder to cry on
a sight
a sight for sore eyes
A sizes
a slap in the face
a slap on the back
a soda
a sop to Cerberus
a spider´s web of sth
a sticky end
a stout heart
a stroke
a tad
a tall order
a taste of one´s own medicine
a tempo

WORDS THAT END LIKE A SLAP ON THE WRIST

Antichrist
caricaturist
Christ
Eucharist
florist
grist
guitarist
horticulturist
humorist
Jesus Christ
jurist
motorist
naturist
optometrist
podiatrist
psychiatrist
terrorist
theorist
tourist
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Synonyms and antonyms of a slap on the wrist in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «A SLAP ON THE WRIST»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «a slap on the wrist» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of a slap on the wrist

Translation of «a slap on the wrist» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF A SLAP ON THE WRIST

Find out the translation of a slap on the wrist to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of a slap on the wrist from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «a slap on the wrist» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

在手腕上的一记耳光
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

una palmada en la muñeca
570 millions of speakers

English

a slap on the wrist
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

कलाई पर एक थप्पड़
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

صفعة على المعصم
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

шлепок по запястью
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

um tapa no pulso
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

কব্জি উপর একটি slap
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

une claque sur le poignet
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tamparan di pergelangan tangan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

ein Schlag auf das Handgelenk
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

穏やかな懲らしめ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

손목에 따귀
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Tamparan ing bangkekan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

một cái tát vào cổ tay
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மணிக்கட்டில் ஒரு அடி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

मनगट वर एक चापट मारणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Bilek üstüne tokat atmak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

uno schiaffo sul polso
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

klaps na nadgarstku
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

ляпанець по зап´ястку
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

o palma pe spate
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ένα χαστούκι στον καρπό του χεριού
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

´n klap op die pols
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

en smäll på handleden
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

en dask på håndleddet
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of a slap on the wrist

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «A SLAP ON THE WRIST»

The term «a slap on the wrist» is very widely used and occupies the 17.396 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «A SLAP ON THE WRIST» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about a slap on the wrist

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «A SLAP ON THE WRIST»

Discover the use of a slap on the wrist in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to a slap on the wrist and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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美國常用成語及片語
Marks is the Manhattan Supreme Court Justice who last week gave a slap on the wrist and a pat on the head to a rapist whose prior record included a conviction for murder. [ DN, Th,2 / 9 / 89, 4, 1 ] Michael Deaver brought special shame even  ...
劉光煒, 1995
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Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms
2 to become less severe or extreme ♢ If this rain would slack off we could finish the work outside. slap a slap in the face an insult ♢ She considered it a real slap in the face when she wasn't invited to join us. a slap on the wrist a gentle warning  ...
Paul Heacock, 2003
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Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary
3 a slap on the back when someone hits you in a friendly way on the back in order to show praise for something you have done: He's won - give him a slap on the back. 4 a slap on the wrist informal a gentle warning or punishment: The judge ...
‎2008
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Untitled
4 a slap on the wrist informal a gentle warning or punishment: The judge gave Minna a slap on the wrist for not wearing her seat belt. for facek 5 [U] uk informal make-up: I'm just going to put a bit of slap on. "idiom slap andtickle uk informal ...
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See You at the Finish Line
If a man believes God has nothing much to say apart from a slap on the wrist for adultery, then he has succeeded in justifying adulterous behavior in his own eyes . Hence the growing problem we are witnessing in so many religious groups and  ...
Donald Wilton, 2006
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Harrap's essential English Dictionary
3 A slap on the wrist is a gentle punishment or mild warning. phrasal verb slap down (informal) If you slap someone down, you dismiss their suggestions abruptly or make them feel unimportant. Slap-bang /slap'ban/ adverb (informal) 1 If ...
‎1996
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A Reactive Attitudes Account of Desert
The following are examples of intra-subject intra-basis inter-treatment desert claims: Ken deserves a slap on the wrist more than he deserves a reward for breaking the rules of the game. Courtney deserves a parade in her honor more than she ...
Brooke S. Roberts, 2008
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Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms
1997 New Scientist Last week, in a Washington district court, [a judge] ordered software giant Microsoft to stop forcing PCmakers to install both Windows 95 and its Web browser, Internet Explorer. So far, though, it is just a slap on the wrist. slap ...
John Ayto, 2010
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Using Civil Remedies for Criminal Behavior: Rationale, Case ...
Because they had not committed battery on any family members, the boys would receive only a slap on the wrist in juvenile court and resume their threatening behavior. However, after the Police Department's Community Disorders Unit ...
Peter Finn, Maria O'Brien Hylton, 1994
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Chabers 21st Century Dictionary
a slap on the wrist colloq, often facetious a mild reprimand. © 17c: from German dialect slapp slap and tickle o noun, humorous colloq kissing and cuddling; sexual activity of any kind. slap-bang o- adverb, colloq 1 exacdy or precisely □ slap- ...

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «A SLAP ON THE WRIST»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term a slap on the wrist is used in the context of the following news items.
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'You better watch yourself': Thug who dodged jail for attacking 18 …
“He got a slap on the wrist for assaulting me. They don't seem to consider him dangerous enough. “He assaulted me and I lost my baby, which ... «Scottish Daily Record, Jul 15»
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Letter - Vehicles must be considered weapons
#We have seen a spate of accidents recently where motorists have killed and injured people and have received at worst a slap on the wrist. «Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Jul 15»
3
Drummond: Teen who set youth's skirt on fire gets second chance
Thomas did not get a slap on the wrist. He still must serve three more years. But at least now he'll be among other youth offenders rather than ... «Santa Cruz Sentinel, Jul 15»
4
Alabama Football Self-Reports 5 NCAA Violations
None of the violations are considered serious, and the university will likely face nothing more than a slap on the wrist from the NCAA. 1. «Today's U, Jul 15»
5
Manager KOs general manager in latest Angels rift
... Arte Moreno, who supports Scioscia like the son who keeps getting in trouble at school but never gets grounded or even a slap on the wrist. «Fort Worth Star Telegram, Jul 15»
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Was justice served in Henderson assault case?
How do you define justice? Sometimes, it's harder than you would think. Sometimes, 60 days in jail seems like a slap on the wrist, if not a slap ... «Asheville Citizen-Times, Jul 15»
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Beefing up business coverage, opinion offerings
... with a new editorial offering on Wednesday that highlights four people or issues that deserve either a pat on the back or a slap on the wrist. «Jackson Clarion Ledger, Jul 15»
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Kent brain injury nurses 'guilty' of misconduct
Ms Moore said: "It sends a message to staff that choose to abuse patients in their care that it is fine, it's just a slap on the wrist - you can carry on ... «BBC News, Jul 15»
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Kyrgios headband upsets dress code
... with Kyrgios' violation joining the farcical scenes this week where Eugenie Bouchard narrowly escaped a slap on the wrist when her black ... «ninemsn, Jul 15»
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EE fined £1 million for failing to deal with your complaints properly
EE has been given a slap on the wrist to the tune of £1 million for mishandling your complaints. EE is the UK's largest mobile network and is ... «CNET, Jul 15»
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