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a smack in the face (or eye)

Definition of a smack in the face or eye in English:

informal A strong rebuff: this was a smack in the face for the Establishment
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
rebuff, rejection, repulse, snub, insult, affront, put-down, humiliation, blow to one's pride, slap in the face
informal brush-off
See parent entry: smack
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