A mild reprimand or punishment: the few perpetrators prosecuted only got a slap on the wrist
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- Why do students think they can always break the law and be let off with just a reprimand or a slap on the wrist?
- The reprimand is a slap on the wrist; nothing, no pain, nothing.
- Hacking into computer networks was long seen as little more than a prank, and punishment was typically a slap on the wrist.