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noun

1A sharp slap or blow, typically one given with the palm of the hand: she gave Mark a smack across the face
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  • With one farmer acting as go-between, eventually you would hear the smack of spittle-wetted palms signifying a satisfactory result all round.
  • Bully boys kowtow to only two things: a large smack or abject ridicule.
  • He wasted no time in raining down a series of sharp smacks to his target.
Synonyms
1.1A loud, sharp sound: she closed the ledger with a smack
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  • After Amber's palm made contact with Jackie's face, sounding off a loud smack through the area, Jackie fell to the ground from the force.
  • There was a smack, then the sound of a door closing and locking.
  • My landing was uneventful, which is to say there wasn't a loud smack on the wall at the bottom of the stairs.
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1.2A loud kiss: I was saluted with two hearty smacks on my cheeks
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  • They started groping viciously and kissing savagely with loud, desperate smacks resonating into the dizzy evening air.
  • He winced when Kala delivered a loud smack to her father's cheek.
  • I leaned in and gave her a quick smack on the cheek as she shoved me away.
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verb

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1Strike (someone or something), typically with the palm of the hand and as a punishment: Jessica smacked his face, quite hard
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  • ‘We don't even believe in smacking the kids,’ she said.
  • I remember my mother smacking me because when a little cousin was staying with us I talked to him when he was in the lavatory.
  • If I ever did something like that, my mother would have smacked me into next week.
Synonyms
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
Scottish & Northern English informal skelp, scud
North American informal boff, slug, bust
Australian/New Zealand informal dong, quilt
archaic smite
1.1 [with object and adverbial of place] Smash, drive, or put forcefully into or on to something: he smacked a fist into the palm of a black-gloved hand
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  • Her hand flew up and smacked Kim forcefully around the face.
  • As she crossed the road, some fool driving at 70 mph smacked into her, and she was thrown into the air and hit the road at the other side of the car.
  • She clenched her fists and smacked Muketsu hard with her knuckles.
Synonyms
bang, slam, crash, thump, sling, fling
informal bung, plonk
North American informal plunk
2Part (one’s lips) noisily in eager anticipation or enjoyment of food or drink: Morgan drank half the Scotch and smacked his lips
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  • This may seem like something very minor to some people, but the sight and sound of chewed food and smacking lips at the table make me lose my appetite.
  • The sound of someone else's smacking lips and clonking teeth makes the stomach scream in protest.
  • Comparisons were made, lips were smacked, tongues were rolled and more thoughts were offered on the flavours and subtleties.
3 archaic Crack (a whip): the four postilions smacked their whips in concert

adverb

(also smack bang) informal Back to top  
1In a sudden and violent way: I ran smack into the back of a parked truck
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  • He plonked smack bang on the green green grass of Lismore Lake.
  • If you were, you'd be smack bang in the firing line of his new book.
  • Hurriedly turning a corner, Tielle ran smack bang into a large figure heading in her direction.
2Exactly; precisely: our mother’s house was smack in the middle of the city
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  • I worked out that at default, its set dead smack bang in the middle.
  • ‘The other thing,’ Abby chips in, ‘because it's a joint project with the library and we're smack bang in the middle of Central Library, we're going to have access to all their resources.’
  • I've no aspirations-I'm living smack bang in the middle of my aspiration and it's a great place to be.

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'part (one's lips) noisily'): from Middle Dutch smacken, of imitative origin; compare with German schmatzen 'eat or kiss noisily'.

Phrases

a smack in the face (or eye)

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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.
Synonyms
rebuff, rejection, repulse, snub, insult, affront, put-down, humiliation, blow to one's pride, slap in the face
informal brush-off

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verb

[no object] (smack of)
1Have a flavour of; taste of: the tea smacked strongly of tannin
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  • It offers the drinker not an overpowering smack of peat, but a delicious honeyed, floral sweetness.
Synonyms
taste of, have the flavour of, have the savour of
1.1Suggest the presence or effects of (something wrong or unpleasant): the whole thing smacks of a cover-up
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  • But at least one protester said revelations that others were paid makes the whole demonstration smack of political opportunism.
  • The tightrope walk between self-promotion for the sake of viability and distaste for anything that smacks of selling-out has presented Stanley with a dilemma.
  • Critics have always maintained the present system smacks of cronyism and cover-up.
Synonyms
suggest, hint at, have overtones of, have a suggestion of, have the air of, give the impression of, have the hallmark of, have the stamp of, resemble, seem like;
smell of, reek of

noun

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1A flavour or taste of: anything with even a modest smack of hops dries the palate
1.1A trace or suggestion of: I hear the smack of collusion between them
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  • I usually prefer my words in neat parcels, bare little things that are scratched onto the page with a smack of impressionism.
Synonyms
trace, tinge, touch, suggestion, hint, scintilla, impression, overtone, air, suspicion, whisper, whiff

Origin

Old English smæc 'flavour, smell', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch smaak and German Geschmack.

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noun

British
A single-masted sailing boat used for coasting or fishing: the village still harbours a few fishing smacks
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  • He gives us a wonderful tale of hitch-hiking aboard a motley assortment of craft - freights, dhows, yachts and fishing smacks and meeting interesting and colourful men and women on the way.
  • We are then brought to the consideration of the question whether, upon the facts appearing in these records, the fishing smacks were subject to capture by the armed vessels of the United States during the recent war with Spain.
  • During the early years these were sailing smacks, but the yard was at the forefront of the development of steam trawlers and came to specialise in long-range trawlers for the Hull distant water fleet.

Origin

early 17th century: from Dutch smak, of unknown ultimate origin.

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noun

[mass noun] informal
Heroin: I was out scoring smack
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  • Something he has never done: Hard drugs like smack or cocaine.
  • She graduates to heroin - her boyfriend is on smack too - and her addiction takes its toll on her family.
  • Alas, a fish cannot live without water, a heroin junkie cannot survive without smack, and I just can't function without my dancing.

Origin

1940s: probably an alteration of Yiddish schmeck 'a sniff'.

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noun

(in phrase talk smack) informal
Speak insultingly of someone, especially to intentionally rankle them.

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