slap around

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A quick, sharp blow, especially with the hand:
Informal: clip, spat.
1. To hit with a quick, sharp blow of the hand:
Informal: clip, spat.
2. To criticize harshly and devastatingly:
Informal: roast.
Slang: slam.
Idioms: burn someone's ears, crawl all over, pin someone's ears back, put someone on the griddle, put someone on the hot seat, rake over the coals, read the riot act to.
phrasal verb
slap around
To be rough or brutal with:
knock about (or around), manhandle, rough (up).
Slang: mess up.
References in periodicals archive ?
But it wasn't picked up until he got a slap around the chops - that was going on all game.
A response liKe that could cause more than hurt feelings: it could bring a slap around the head.
And in the back row we've got young lads like Mike Stephens and Darren Forder but Rob Connolly's there, too, and he's able to give them a slap around the ear if they keep repeating the same mistakes.
So basically, we wouldn't blame him if he's wanting to give Rhian a massive slap around the chops.
She gave him a slap around the head before he was removed from the stadium and arrested by the Metropolitan Police.
Legislatures often slap around governors in Texas, where constitutional authority in the executive branch is spread out.
Perhaps he's thinking 'if that means me giving you a bit of a slap around in public then so be it.
While speaking on the Afghan situation at a forum in San Diego, he said: "You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap around women for five years because they didn't wear a veil.
I'm big enough, I'm strong enough, I can take a little slap around the ears.
The CBI also gives David Cameron a slap around the head for his opposition to a third runway at London's Heathrow airport.
But I gave myself a virtual slap around the face and reminded myself this was the whole point - everyone is the same, they all do ordinary things in their spare time and I should share my experiences with the planet.