a slap on the wrist
Meaning: If someone gives you a slap on the wrist, they give you a mild punishment for making a mistake or doing something wrong.
- The tribunal didn't think it was a serious offence, so they just gave him a slap on the wrist. All he got was a warning.
- Some of our players got a slap on the wrist for getting to the training session late. The coach warned them not to be late again and then made them do twenty push-ups.
The judge gave her a slap on the wrist by sentencing her to