a slap on the wrist

Definition of a slap on the wrist

  1. :  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

  1. :  opening, breach

  1. :  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

  1. :  a quick sharp blow

    :  a blow with the open hand

    :  a noise like that of a slap

  1. :  directly, smack

  1. :  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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a brief usually trivial fact

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