- to regulate, often by force.
The party started to get out of hand, so we had to put the smack down.
Last edited on Sep 09 1998. Submitted by Anonymous from Boston, MA, USA
on Sep 09 1998.
- to inflict harm upon; BEAT UP.
I'm gonna put the smack down on that biotch.
Last edited on May 16 2011. Submitted by Jarett C. from New York, NY, USA
on Dec 17 1999.
- to get serious, to 'stop playing around' and put full force and focus behind intent.
'Smack' is slang for heroin. To 'put the smack down' implies that the speaker has been in a detached, recreational, or mind-altered state up to the point of the statement, but is now setting that aside to apply their direct attention and capability.
It also implies that the speaker had underestimated the subject of the statement, but will discontinue their underevaluation, and intends to force the subject to reform their own evaluation of the speaker.
All previous examples apply here.
He thought he could try me, so I had to put the smack down to show him out.
I heard sirens on my street, so I had to put the smack down to check out what was going on.
Last edited on Sep 02 2015. Submitted by enkephalin07 from New Orleans, LA, USA
on Sep 02 2015.