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What's the meaning of "slap me five"? Any difference between "slap me five" and "give me five"?

There is a book called Slap Me Five.

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    I, for one, have never heard the phrase "slap me five". Dec 9, 2010 at 17:27
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    I've never heard "slap me five" either, though it is fair to say that it means the same as "give me five" in this context.
    – Will
    Dec 9, 2010 at 19:36

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The difference is only one of expression and context, not meaning. "Slap" me five is a funkier way of saying "give me five" or "give me some skin" or any of several ways of asking for a hand slap/slide.

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  • Robusto's answer is correct. These actions/expressions led to "high" fiving: same concept, but with hands held high instead of low.
    – user44404
    May 17, 2013 at 7:49
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OK. You all must be too young! "Slap me five" was a term used in the 60s and 70s, when one person put their hand out in front of them and the other person slapped their hand. It was a gesture, like a greeting. A "cool" way of saying "hello." Probably more common in urban or inner city settings. "Slap me Five" and "Give me Five" meant the same thing.

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Slap me five, 'gimmie five, and give me some skin were all synonymous greetings akin to a handshake, but with the palm up by the initiator.

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