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    slap on the hand

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Most observers had expected not more than a slap on the hand and a warning for the British-Australian mining giant, Rio Tinto.

    slap on the hand = slap on the wrist = a mild reproof

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: slap on the hand

    Yes, exactly.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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