slap in the face
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see slap, in, the, face.
- (figuratively, idiomatic) Something unexpectedly said or done which causes shock or offense; an insult, rebuke, or rebuff.
- That Joan's ex-boyfriend turned up to the school dance with Mary was a slap in the face for Joan, and now the girls are no longer best friends.
slap in the face or on the cheek