"To ___ slap"

Philip E. Cleary pcleary at WANS.NET
Sun Dec 10 04:55:30 UTC 2000

In the last week, while listening to talk-radio callers discuss the
election, I heard two related expressions, both involving the verb "slap."
One caller said that the U.S. Supreme Court had "dope slapped" its Florida
counterpart. Another caller said that Judge Clark, in the Seminole county
case, had "bitch slapped" one of the lawyers.

Although I could figure out the meanings of the two expressions easily
enough, they were both new to me. Are these recent coinages? And are there
other examples of "[Fill in the blank] slap" out there?

Phil Cleary

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