Slap in the face vs. slap on the back

Slap in the faceinsult, affront, humiliation
  • It was a real slap in the face when he didn’t invite me to the wedding.
  • The union leaders consider the 5% increase in the wages offered as a slap in the face.
  • His remarks were a slap in the face for the local community.

Slap on the backcompliments, congratulations.

  • The coach gave him a slap on the back for coming in first.
  • Her boss gave her a slap on the back for completing the project before schedule.
  • They deserve a hearty slap on the back for their efforts.

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