Definition of a slap on the wrist in English:

a slap on the wrist

phrase

  • A mild reprimand or punishment:

    ‘the few perpetrators prosecuted only got a slap on the wrist’
    • ‘But critics suggest they constitute only a slap on the wrist.’
    • ‘All you would get, apparently, would be a slap on the wrist, a telling-off but also praise for work well done.’
    • ‘Why do students think they can always break the law and be let off with just a reprimand or a slap on the wrist?’
    • ‘That was all, a slap on the wrist and a lecture, and he was off the hook, as he did so often to his students.’
    • ‘Hacking into computer networks was long seen as little more than a prank, and punishment was typically a slap on the wrist.’
    • ‘You know, it's not a slap on the wrist, it's very, very strict supervision for the next ten years of his life.’
    • ‘But they believe in adequate punishment and their punishments are rarely as light as a slap on the wrist.’
    • ‘Some people get a slap on the wrist; some people get fired.’
    • ‘Yet even at their most far-fetched offerings, the band's only elicited a mere chuckle and slap on the wrist from critics.’
    • ‘The reprimand is a slap on the wrist; nothing, no pain, nothing.’
    reprimand, rebuke, reproof, scolding, admonition, admonishment, reproval
    telling-off, rap over the knuckles, dressing-down
    ticking off, wigging
    serve
    bollocking
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