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verb[WITH OBJECT]Northern English, Scottish
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, buffetView synonyms
- ‘Ricksen stepped up and skelped the free-kick into the top corner.’
- ‘The unwieldy but serviceable striker skelped a ball across the goalmouth that kissed the crossbar on its way past.’
- ‘He didn't just touch it in the second minute, though, he skelped it.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We don't mind being skelped by the French but defeat by England hurts.’
- ‘The ball finally fell at the feet of the defender who skelped it into the roof of the visitors' net.’
Late Middle English: probably imitative.
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