slap on

phrasal verb

slapped on; slapping on; slaps on
informal
: to add (something, such as an extra charge) to an amount
The hotel slapped an extra $100 on his bill to cover the damage.
The judge slapped on an additional fine.

Examples of slap on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some financial experts have expressed skepticism about the multibillion-dollar price tag investors have slapped on Trump Media, given that Truth Social reported $3 million in revenue for the first nine months of 2023 and lost $49 million. Molly Crane-Newman, New York Daily News, 4 Apr. 2024 Andy gives her a slap on the wrist for spewing theories about what could have happened, some of which included production. Tom Smyth, Vulture, 23 Jan. 2024 The sanctions amounted to a slap on the wrist, but Beijing interpreted them as an assault on its sovereignty and unleashed a diplomatic tirade and a slew of economic sanctions. Michael Beckley, Foreign Affairs, 14 Feb. 2022 At a courtroom lectern, Etienne expressed her frustration with the plea deal, which her attorneys have likened to a slap on the wrist. Grethel Aguila, Miami Herald, 28 May 2024 Suddenly, Roger is forced to realize that Conrad, a young Black man with no criminal past, won't be getting a slap on the wrist that a white tycoon like Charlie would — an imbalance that Roger is normally paid to maintain. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 2 May 2024 In another incident, a 25-year-old woman was slapped on the forehead while in Midtown on March 23, police said. Nadine El-Bawab, ABC News, 29 Mar. 2024 Would Laube get a slap on the wrist yet again? California Violence erupts at pro-Trump rally in Huntington Beach March 25, 2017 Prosecutors sought a six-month prison term for Laube, along with a year of supervised release, a $25 special assessment and a $2,000 fine. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2024 Chen also had his assets confiscated and was stripped of his political rights for life, a penalty often slapped on disgraced officials, according to state media. Chris Lau, CNN, 26 Mar. 2024

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“Slap on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slap%20on. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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