slap down

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Metaphorical use of a literal phrase (slap + down).

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.

Noun[edit]

slap down (plural slap downs)

  1. A harsh reprimand; a scolding, especially in public.