slap down

verb

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

Examples of slap down in a Sentence

  1. public protests against the government were always promptly slapped down

First Known Use of slap down

1842



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