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1‘she gave Mark a smack across the face’
slap, blow, spank, cuff, clout, thump, punch, rap, swat, thwack, crack
informal whack, clip, biff, wallop, swipe, bop, belt, bash, sock
2‘the parcel landed with a solid smack on the terrace below’
bang, crash, thud, thump, wham
3‘she gave him a quick smack on the cheek’
1‘he lost his temper and smacked her’
slap, hit, strike, spank, cuff, clout, thump, punch, rap, swat, thwack, crack
put someone over one's knee, make someone feel the back of one's hand, box someone's ears
informal whack, clip, wallop, biff, swipe, bop, belt, bash, sock, give someone a hiding, warm someone's bottom, give someone a hot bottom
British informal slosh
Northern English Scottish informal skelp, scud
North American informal boff, slug, bust
NZ Australian informal dong, quilt
2‘the waiter smacked a plate on the table’
bang, slam, crash, thump, sling, fling
informal bung, plonk
North American informal plunk
1‘I ran smack into the back of a parked truck’
straight, right, directly, squarely, headlong, dead, plumb, point-blank
slap, bang, slap bang, smack bang
North American spang, smack dab
1‘anything with even a modest smack of hops dries the palate’
taste, flavour, savour
2‘there was more than a smack of bitterness in his words’
trace, tinge, touch, suggestion, hint, scintilla, impression, overtone, air, suspicion, whisper, whiff
‘this could only be seen as a smack in the face for the government’
rebuff, rejection, repulse, snub, insult, affront, put-down, humiliation, blow to one's pride, slap in the face
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