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verb[WITH OBJECT]Scottish, Northern English
Strike, slap, or smack.‘the cries of skelped weans’
cuff, strike, hit, thump, slap, smack, crack, swat, punch, jab, knock, thwack, bang, wallop, batter, pummel, buffetcuff, hit, thump, slap, smack, crack, swat, punch, fist, jab, hook, knock, thwack, bang, wallopView synonyms
- ‘The unwieldy but serviceable striker skelped a ball across the goalmouth that kissed the crossbar on its way past.’
- ‘And surprising though it may seem - disappointing, even, to the scandal-seekers - no priest ever laid hands on me except to bless me or skelp my ear.’
- ‘He didn't just touch it in the second minute, though, he skelped it.’
- ‘Ricksen stepped up and skelped the free-kick into the top corner.’
- ‘The ball finally fell at the feet of the defender who skelped it into the roof of the visitors' net.’
- ‘We don't mind being skelped by the French but defeat by England hurts.’
Late Middle English: probably imitative.
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