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How your parents threaten you when you are small and vulnerable: stop crying or i'll spank you.

It is used only when the child is already crying, having a tantrum, in need of comfort like a hug or a large bandage. Usually the child is crying because the parent has yelled at him or her.

The parent becomes desperate, irritated, and embarrassed (if in public).

Apparently, the parent thinks that threatening a child with physical harm is the most efficient way of stopping it from crying.

It's further proof that parents are sadistic and retarded. Goes in the same category as "if you don't _____, you better" i.e., the category of Threatening Statements That Make No Sense.
Tommy: Waaa waaa it hurts, mommy, don't!
Brenda: If you don't stop crying I'll give you something to cry about!
Tommy: Waa--wait, what? *never forgets traumatic childhood*
by shamille September 21, 2008
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Jul 26 Word of the Day
Noun: a friend who is usually only called upon by a friend when a more primary/prominent friend is unavailable.

Taken from the term β€œsecond string” in an athletic competition situation. In football, if the star quarterback gets injured during a play, the second string is called off the bench to replace him/her. A β€œSecond String Friend” is essentially benched until needed, if ever.

Synonyms: Plan B, Second Choice, Secondary Friend, Benched Until Needed
I got a call from X the other night. She had an extra ticket to a concert she bought for a friend, but they couldn’t make it so she called me to ask if I wanted to go because I am her Second String Friend.
by Deus-ex-machina August 26, 2020
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