slap down

slapped down; slapping down; slaps down

Definition of slap down

transitive verb

1 : to prohibit or restrain usually abruptly and with censure from acting in a specified way : squelch
2 : to put an abrupt stop to : suppress

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Examples of slap down in a Sentence

public protests against the government were always promptly slapped down

First Known Use of slap down

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Slap down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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