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smack

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsmacksmack1 /smΓ¦k/ verb [transitive] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 HITto hit someone, especially a child, with your open hand in order to punish them β†’ slap πŸ”Š the debate about whether parents should smack their childrenβ–Ί see thesaurus at hit2 HIT[always + adverb/preposition] to hit something hard against something else so that it makes a short loud noise πŸ”Š He smacked the money down on the table and walked out.3 β†’ smack your lips4 British English informalHIT to hit someone hard with your closed hand syn punch β†’ smack of something β†’ smack somebody upβ†’ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
smackβ€’ Three years ago, you smacked a girl around and people maybe said she asked for it.β€’ He decided to smack her for this.β€’ He stepped out, and the cold from a recent snow flurry smacked him hard in the face.β€’ The cop beside him smacked him on the arm.β€’ He threw a curveball down, and the batter smacked it dead on.β€’ Father spun round, took three steps towards me and smacked me on the ear.β€’ But surely this smacks of charity; well-meaning but in many cases misguided.β€’ It smacks of yellow journalism...β€’ The first task is to smack the ball up the ramp and enter the rollercoaster ride.
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smacksmack2 noun πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 [countable] a) HITa hit with your open hand, especially to punish a child β†’ slap πŸ”Š You’re going to get a smack in a minute! b) British English informalHIT a hard hit with your closed hand syn punchsmack in the mouth/face/gob πŸ”Š Talk like that and I’ll give you a smack in the mouth.2 [countable usually singular]SOUND a short loud noise caused when something hits something else πŸ”Š The book landed with a smack.3 [uncountable] informalMDD heroin4 β†’ give somebody a smack on the lips/cheek5 [countable]TTW a small fishing boat
Examples from the Corpus
smackβ€’ She gave Danny's hand a smack.β€’ If the horse jumps the first fence stickily, a smack on landing will sharpen him up.β€’ Then she raised one foot and brought it down with a smack on the water, splashing him, and laughed.β€’ All you see in the papers now is smack, like.β€’ The little girl gets pulled again, falls with a loud smack.β€’ The occasional smack meted out in a happy, secure home is not going to scar a child's psyche.β€’ So far, she'd just flushed the smack down the loo and shoved the syringes in the bin.β€’ Authoritarians do not apologize for the smack of firm government.smack in the mouth/face/gobβ€’ Once again, she hadn't seen it coming; another smack in the face from an unexpected source.β€’ Steve looked as if he'd been smacked in the face with a writ.β€’ Once Williams was smacked in the face by a throw in an international game, breaking her nose.
smacksmack3 adverb informal πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 EXACTexactly or directly in the middle of something, in front of something etcsmack in the middle/in front of something etc πŸ”Š There was a hole smack in the middle of the floor.smack bang British English, smack dab American English πŸ”Š It’s smack dab in the middle of an earthquake zone.2 HIT/BUMP INTOif something goes smack into something, it hits it with a lot of force πŸ”Š The car ran smack into the side of the bus.
Examples from the Corpus
smackβ€’ It came to rest smack against the mountain two miles west of Morrisonville.β€’ Some were smack in the middle of neighborhoods.β€’ I was smack in the middle of this interesting war.β€’ I ran smack into it on Thursday.β€’ I drove smack into the side of the garage.
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Verb table
smack
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theysmack
he, she, itsmacks
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theysmacked
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave smacked
he, she, ithas smacked
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad smacked
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill smack
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have smacked
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam smacking
he, she, itis smacking
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you, we, theyare smacking
Past
I, he, she, itwas smacking
you, we, theywere smacking
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been smacking
he, she, ithas been smacking
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been smacking
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be smacking
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been smacking
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