to slap tariffs

Discussion in 'English Only' started by NewAmerica, Jul 19, 2017.

  1. NewAmerica

    NewAmerica Senior Member

    Does "slap" here mean "to put or place quickly:to slap mustard on a sandwich" (WRF)?

    Thanks in advance

    Why Trump’s threat to slap tariffs on foreign steel is a bad idea
    William Hauk, University of South Carolina
    The president has promised to put a stop to foreign companies 'dumping' steel on US markets. Former President Bush tried the same thing, and here's what happened.

    -The Conversation

  2. entangledbank

    entangledbank Senior Member

    English - South-East England
    Yes. The action of slapping a face with a hand is transferred to similar fast actions like slapping a piece of paper down on a desk, then more abstractly to applying taxes, penalties, and the like in a fairly abrupt way.

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