slap in the face

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slap in the face (plural slaps in the face)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see slap,‎ in,‎ the,‎ face.
  2. (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.


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