slap down

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Metaphorical use of a literal phrase

Verb[edit]

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

  1. To browbeat or reprimand someone harshly, usually in front of other people.
    She slapped down her subordinate at the meeting.