"To ___ slap"

Philip E. Cleary pcleary at WANS.NET
Sun Dec 10 16:26:50 UTC 2000

<The Cassell entries
would be consistent with "X-slap" = "slap as delivered by an X"; then would
"dope-slapped" = "slapped as if by a dope"? Or is the usage sometimes
"X-slap" = "slap as one would slap an X"?>

When I heard the callers use the expressions, I understood "bitch-slap" to
be a slap by a bitch and "dope-slap" to be a slap given to a dope precisely
because he had said or done something dopey (the sort of thing Moe used to
do to Larry and Curly).

Phil Cleary

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