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 ?
We've just had a little slap around the back of the head to say 'hold on a minute, it's not all plain sailing.
Perhaps somebody should take me to one side and give me a good talking to or a slap around the head before I start buying gardening books, a dibber and a potting shed.
But boss Rowett (above) said: "If I heard one of my players talking next season then they would be getting a slap around the back of the head, because that's not what we need to be doing at the moment.
First off, a school in Somerset gave its parents a slap around the chops for letting their kids arrive at school in a 'pretty shocking state', saying they were 'dirty, unkempt and not in appropriate school uniform'.
But it wasn't picked up until he got a slap around the chops - that was going on all game.
She gave him a slap around the head before he was removed from the stadium and arrested by the Metropolitan Police.
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.