slap down
transitive verb Date: 1842 1. to prohibit or restrain usually abruptly and with censure from acting in a specified way ; squelch 2. to put an abrupt stop to ; suppress

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  • slap down — slap (someone/something) down to refuse to accept someone s plan or idea. The judge slapped down every objection raised by the defense attorney. They applied for a permit and the building department slapped them down. Etymology: based on the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • slap down — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms slap down : present tense I/you/we/they slap down he/she/it slaps down present participle slapping down past tense slapped down past participle slapped down 1) to criticize or disagree with someone, or to make …   English dictionary

  • slap down — transitive verb 1. : to prohibit or restrain (a person or group) usually abruptly and with censure from acting in a specified way : squelch were slapped down with the … law regulating railroads W.A.Lydgate 2. : to put an abrupt stop to : suppress …   Useful english dictionary

  • slap down — {v.}, {slang} 1. To stop (someone, usually in a lower position or job) from doing or saying something, in a rough way or with a scolding; silence. * /When Billy talked back, the teacher slapped him down./ 2. To put a quick stop to; refuse roughly …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • slap down — {v.}, {slang} 1. To stop (someone, usually in a lower position or job) from doing or saying something, in a rough way or with a scolding; silence. * /When Billy talked back, the teacher slapped him down./ 2. To put a quick stop to; refuse roughly …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • slap\ down — v slang 1. To stop (someone, usually in a lower position or job) from doing or saying something, in a rough way or with a scolding; silence. When Billy talked back, the teacher slapped him down. 2. To put a quick stop to; refuse roughly. The boss …   Словарь американских идиом

  • slap down — verb To browbeat or reprimand someone harshly, usually in front of other people. She slapped down her subordinate at the meeting …   Wiktionary

  • slap-down — noun A harsh reprimand …   Wiktionary

  • slap down — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. rebuke, reprimand, worst; see defeat 1 , hush 1 , quiet 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • slap — ► VERB (slapped, slapping) 1) hit or strike with the palm of one s hand or a flat object. 2) hit against with a slapping sound. 3) (slap down) informal reprimand forcefully. 4) (slap on) apply quickly, carelessly, or forcefully …   English terms dictionary

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