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verb smack pronunciation in American English /smæk/
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present tense
present participlesmacking
past tensesmacked
past participlesmacked
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to hit someone with your flat hand or a flat object

    I don’t believe it’s right to smack children when they’re being naughty.

    1. a.
      [transitive] British informal to hit someone with your fist (=closed hand)

      He just turned and smacked me in the face.

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    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] to hit something hard and noisily
      smack into/against etc.:

      Another car smacked into us from behind.

      smack something into/onto/down etc.:

      She smacked the book down on the desk.

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