One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A strong rebuff.‘this was a smack in the face for the Establishment’
rebuff, rejection, repulse, snub, insult, affront, put-down, humiliation, blow to one's pride, slap in the faceView synonyms
- ‘This article is I suppose intended to be light-hearted, but it's the kind of humour that in many circles would just get you a smack in the face sooner or later.’
- ‘It took a few moments for what the servant had just said before the full meaning hit Elizabeth like a smack in the face.’
- ‘For a Government inspector to come to our district and ignore all the good planning reasons why these towering metal structures should not be allowed is a smack in the face to local people and the local council.’
- ‘Molly's harsh laughter is like a smack in the face.’
- ‘To be asked to render assistance and then when you get there to be assaulted, it's literally a smack in the face.’
- ‘The words that he called back to her over his shoulder felt like a smack in the face to the young woman.’
- ‘Isn't that a smack in the face for loyal customers?’
- ‘A couple of hours later on, the prime minister came the closest he has got so far to a smack in the face when he won a division on a clause in the bill by a single vote.’
- ‘That is a disgrace, and a smack in the face for those families who are struggling to meet those children's needs.’
- ‘He picked up the phone, making a mental note to give his butler a smack in the face later on.’
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