a slap in the face

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a slap in the face

"a slap in the face"

something someone does that insults or upsets you;

an insult


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a slap in the face

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  You seem upset.

Colleague 2:  You would be too if after twenty years of service with the company, all you received was a plaque of recognition.

Colleague 1:  Wow.  And you actually are largely responsible for the company's success.  A plaque is a slap in the face.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a slap in the face

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How long have I know Jenny?

Friend 2:  Close to twenty years. Why?

Friend 1:  Can you imagine the slap in the face I received when I discovered that I wasn't invited to her wedding.

Friend 2:  What an insult!

a slap in the face - Usage:


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a slap in the face - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a slap in the face.

a slap in the face - Examples:

1)  ... legally and those who have worked hard to get their citizenship think its like a slap in the face to allow those to have citizenship and not work for it.

2)  For her, it was a slap in the face, a reproach to her and her generation of twittering Polyannic cast members ...

3)  The reason it angers people so much is that it is like a slap in the face.

4)  ... for you to endorse a boycott of our state is a slap in the face to us Arizonans who advocate more compassionate strategies ...

5)  I still cant believe this is really happening, what a slap in the face.

6)  ... a job without being able to write the simplest of programs. That's a slap in the face to anyone who writes software for a living.

7)  On the other hand posts and stories like this, while a slap in the face, will get some people to pay attention.

8)  Thus it's a slap in the face when seniors sell out younger workers.

9)  One detective who wanted to remain anonymous said reapplying for their job is a slap in the face. He even said some officers plan to band together and refuse ...

10)  A too-quick concession can be a slap in the face to an exhausted volunteer.

11)  A slap in the face to all of us that try to do the right thing and ...

12)  The labels have already ripped the artist off, which is a slap in the face

13)  I still think the way it was done was a slap in the face to the fans.

14)  ... but this seemed like a slap in the face to a loyal costumer. Not just once, mind you, ...

15)  This so brazen. This is a slap in the face of the truth and of decency.

16)  ... hard working people, to assume we haven't " done enough " is a slap in the face to those of us who commit ourselves to this service every day ...

17)  This government is a farce and a slap in the face to every fiscally responsible US citizen.

18)  ... she felt betrayed by Cindy's suicide attempt, as if it were a slap in the face of our friendship.

19)  That's very clearly a slap in the face, designed to link skeptics to holocaust deniers.

20)  To ask someone to substitute prayer for actual treatment is a slap in the face for all veterans.