slap down


slapped down; slapping down; slaps down

transitive verb

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

Examples of slap down in a Sentence

public protests against the dictatorial government were always promptly slapped down
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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of slap down was in 1842

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Cite this Entry

“Slap down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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