a slap on the wrist
Definition of a slap on the wrist
: a mild punishment that is given to someone who should be punished more severely He got away with a slap on the wrist.
Word by Word Definitions
: opening, breach
: to strike sharply with or as if with the open hand
: to cause to strike with a motion or sound like that of a blow with the open hand
: to put, place, or throw with careless haste or force
: a quick sharp blow
: a blow with the open hand
: a noise like that of a slap
: directly, smack
: the joint or the region of the joint between the human hand and the arm or a corresponding part on a lower animal
: the part of a garment or glove covering the wrist
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