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What does a slap in the face mean?

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a slap in the face


If you describe something as a slap in the face, you mean that you feel it as an insult or a rejection.

The origin of the idiom

Literally, a slap in the face would offend and embarrass the one who was subject to it. Figuratively, the same thing would happen for an insult or a rejection especially when they come as a surprise.


His criticism was a slap in the face for her.

I feel like the cheating was such a slap in the face.

"They could have done a lot of things, but no, what we got from this government was a slap in the face."

"This is a huge slap in the face for those who do not believe in democracy."

"When the announcement was made, it was a great slap in the face for farmers to find out that agriculture is no longer important in today's society."

a slap in the face

This idiom is in the parts of the body category

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