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June 21, 2018
Idiom: A slap on the wrist
Examples: 1. The murderer got "a slap on the wrist"--- only three years in jail. 2. The teenager hit his teacher but only got "a slap on the wrist"--- a two day suspension. 3. The high school student cheated on his history test, but his teacher just told him not to do it anymore. He barely a "slap on the wrist."
What is "a slap on the wrist"?
It's a very light punishment compared to what most people get for doing the same thing wrong.