a slap on the wrist
This page is about the idiom a slap on the wrist
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.
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Contributor: Matt Errey