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"The Egyptian prosecutor imposed a travel ban on Mubarak."
Could I say informally "slapped a travel ban on...."?
Last edited by ostap77; 28-Feb-2011 at 14:12.
'Slapping' a ban on someone implies a degree of levity/spontaneity/carelessness: eg - 'Don't park in that street - the wardens slap tickets on windscreens without a moment's thought.'
I am not a teacher.
The AHD recognizes the "legal" definition of "slap" without comment, except it uses "with" in its examples, for example, "slapped her with a lawsuit". To slap a restraining/gag order or a ban on someone is, I think, a natural extension of this usage, but I would call it relatively informal, yes.