smacked on elastic shorts for aerobics

Discussion in 'English Only' started by roya579, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. roya579 Member

    Tehran
    Persian&English
    Hello,

    I would be grateful if you tell me the meaning of smacked on in this sentence:

    They had a self-righteousness common to many Indian women of the English-speaking upper-educated, went out to mimosa brunches, ate their dadi's roti with adept fingers, donned a sari or smacked on elastic shorts for aerobics.........

    It's part of Inheritance of Loss, a novel by Kiran Dessay.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Matching Mole

    Matching Mole Senior Member

    England, English
    It seems to be a more colourful way of saying "put on". Although I haven't heard "smacked on" used in this way, there are similar phrases like "slipped on" and "threw on" which are fairly common. The sense of these is usually of putting on something quickly, casually or easily. In the topic case I think "smack" may refer to the slapping sound of the elastic as it is released after drawing on the shorts.
     
  3. roya579 Member

    Tehran
    Persian&English
    Yes, I guess so. They wear those shorts with a smack sound.
     

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