a slap in the face

noun phrase

: a surprising act that offends or insults someone
Her decision to leave the company to work for our competitors was a slap in the face.

Examples of a slap in the face in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hyper-focus on climate change by elites in Washington and Hollywood is a slap in the face to Arizonans who are struggling to afford groceries, buy a house, and protect their kids from crime and drugs. Laura Gersony, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2024 His prioritization of luxury development over affordable housing and community needs is a slap in the face to working-class New Yorkers. Voice Of The People, New York Daily News, 12 June 2024 The law is also a slap in the face for the European Union, coming just months after Brussels formally offered Georgia candidate status and a path toward accession to the union. Thomas De Waal, Foreign Affairs, 3 June 2024 So some aid groups are saying, well, this is a slap in the face. Abc News, ABC News, 28 May 2024 That’s a slap in the face for every lawyer trying to use their power for good. Patrick Wallis, Baltimore Sun, 24 May 2024 Fans immediately and aggressively lambasted the move, calling it a slap in the face to viewers and citing the recent Rooster Teeth shutdown as an example of why this model is doomed to fail. Kate Lindsay, Vulture, 1 May 2024 While Vera’s scholarship program at ASU was among many in the state to extend its deadline, Vera said the difficulties from the federal application still feel like a slap in the face. The Arizona Republic, 10 Mar. 2024 To people who must still take precautions for health reasons, the fact that signs are still up, only to be ignored, can feel like a slap in the face. Yasmin Tayag, The Atlantic, 29 Feb. 2024

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“A slap in the face.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20slap%20in%20the%20face. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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