Put the Smack Down

Grant Barrett gbarrett at AMERICANDIALECT.ORG
Wed Aug 11 17:46:18 UTC 1999


Came across "Puts the Smack Down" in a headline and asked the author what he thought it meant. Here is his unsubstantiated response. 
>Basically, it's a slang term used typically among the young (as
>most are); it means essentially "to use overwhelming force,
>often suddenly and swifty, to achieve a goal or a victory." It
>does not, however, necessarily indicate that victory was
>achieved, merely that it was sought with sudden and often
>excessive force.

There are a bazillion hits on Altavista. A fan page for the Purdue Boilers defines "put the smack down" as "To deliver consistent, firm justice."

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