spank on the rear

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redgiant

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Cantonese, Hong Kong
"Spank" conveys the meaning of "hit on the rear", should I use "spank on the rear"? Is "on the rear" redundunt? for instance:

A little spank on the rear is, in my opinion, not something that will damage the child.
 
  • ewie

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    English English
    If you mean on the rear then I think you need to say on the rear, RG. Though a spank is often applied to that part of the body, it isn't necessarily.
     

    Brioche

    Senior Member
    Australia English
    To my ears, spanking implies repeated blows, usually to the buttocks.

    Perhaps "A little slap on the rear ....."
     

    ewie

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    English English
    According to my dictionaries (surprised as I was to read it), a "spank" is a blow given in a spanking.
    I'm surprised you're surprised, Dimcl ~ it sounds perfectly natural to me: a succession of spanks add up to a spanking:)
     
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