bitch slap

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bitch slap (plural bitch slaps)

  1. (slang, vulgar) An open-handed slap to the face; see usage notes below.
    • 2000, Valerie Frankel, Smart Vs. Pretty, HarperCollins, ISBN 0380805421, pages 3–4:
      Amanda’s remedy refrain, “just go out and meet someone new,” struck Frank like a bitch slap, even though she knew her sister meant no harm.
    • 2003, Joel Perry, That’s Why They’re in Cages, People!, Alyson Publishing, ISBN 1555837425, page 38:
      The Lie: “I was only out drinking with my best friend, Betty.” / Translation: “I bought my best friend, Betty, drinks while I was on my needs in the back room.” […] / Response: Your patented bitch slap. After all, how fucking stupid does he think you are?
    • 2006, Will Clarke, The Worthy: A Ghost’s Story, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 074327315X, page 132:
      Top this all off with an occasional bitch slap or ass-chewing and you’ve got yourself a real recipe for breaking even the strongest spirit.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The term has different connotations for different speakers; it is often used to refer to an especially strong or completely unexpected slap, but some speakers consider bitch slap to refer only to a weak slap (expressing mild contempt, as though the person being slapped is too weak to be given a strong slap). This would distinguish it from the stronger pimp slap.
  • Due to the inclusion of the word bitch, this term is often considered misogynistic.

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bitch slap (third-person singular simple present bitch slaps, present participle bitch slapping, simple past and past participle bitch slapped)

  1. Alternative spelling of bitch-slap
    • 1997, Janet Evanovich, Three to Get Deadly, Scribner, ISBN 0684822652, page 16:
      “Maybe next time we just open the door and start out with some bitch slapping.” ¶ I gave Lula a horrified stare. ¶ “Just a suggestion,” Lula said.
    • 2002, Richard D. Ward, Metamorphosis in Blue, Trafford Publishing, ISBN 1553691423, page 50:
      Van had to resist the urge to bitch slap him, and said instead, “I know you are, but what about me?”
    • 2007, Tom Santopietro, Considering Doris Day, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0312362633, page 72:
      Things are a little better when Doris ends up spending her “honeymoon” night in the tub with the sprinklers going off, and there is a genuinely amusing catfight between Ethel and Marcia in which Doris actually—there’s no other phrase for it—bitch slaps Marcia; it’s funny because Marcia is a loser, a whiny, imperious daddy’s girl, and worth neither Ethel’s time nor Winthrop’s attention.

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