Slap in the face

A sharp rebuke or rebuff, as in Being criticized in front of my staff was a real slap in the face, or We thought it quite a slap in the face when they returned our letter unopened. The figurative use of this term, which can also refer to a literal blow, dates from the late 1800s.


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    A gesture of congratulation, as in The coach gave him a slap on the back for coming in first. [ Early 1800s ]

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