slap in the face

light hit to the face with an open hand; insulting action, offensive situation; startling and negative occurrence

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"Does Your Excellency refer to the slap in the face that he received from some blackguard at a ball?"
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"I've--I've had a reward for my meanness--I've had a slap in the face," he concluded, tragically.
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And when one is slapped in the face-why then the consciousness of being rubbed into a pulp would positively overwhelm one.
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He flamed up and gave me a slap in the face.
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Six years ago I received a slap in the face, and my enemy still lives.
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The stout refusal had been like a slap in the face of the furious North and retaliation had come swiftly.
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My failure in the examinations was a slap in the face.
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She gave him a slap in the face.
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And in my view the President's reaction is a slap in the face for those who are campaigning for human rights.
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Commissioner Bonino's arrest is a slap in the face for her important work on humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.
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