In Sydney it was across the Harbor, in London it was outside the city in Basildon or slough.
A week after the inauguration, his wife, Lady Bird, watched with worry as a “slough of despond” surrounded her husband.
After baiting we continued down the slough about six miles to some passable springs, and to where there is better grass.
As he came down to the slough, all too late he had realized whither he was heading.
It could not be otherwise if England was to emerge from the slough in which Mary had left it.
Anderson was convinced that the bed of that slough, if uncovered, could unfold a tale.
They had been down skating on the slough, a number of the youngsters and the daughters of the garrison.
Lecour looked up; but it was not enough to revive him from so deep a slough.
I had to feel my way in the slough creek that had narrowed now to six or eight feet through high grass.
On Monday, February 26, the garrison was sunk in a slough of despondency.
"muddy place," Old English sloh "soft, muddy ground," of uncertain origin. Cf. Middle Low German sloch "muddy place," Middle High German sluoche "ditch." Figurative use (e.g. of moral sunkenness or Bunyan's "Slough of Despond," 1678) attested from mid-13c.
"cast-off skin" (of a snake or other animal), early 14c., slughe, slouh, probably related to Old Saxon sluk "skin of a snake," Middle High German sluch "snakeskin, wineskin," Middle Low German slu "husk, peel, skin," German Schlauch "wineskin;" from Proto-Germanic *sluk-, of uncertain origin, perhaps from PIE root *sleug- "to glide."
"to cast off" (as the skin of a snake or other animal), 1720, originally of diseased tissue, from Middle English noun slough "shed skin of a snake" (see slough (n.)). Related: Sloughed; sloughing.
A layer or mass of dead tissue separated from surrounding living tissue, as in a wound, a sore, or an inflammation. v. sloughed, slough·ing, sloughs
To separate from surrounding living tissue. Used of dead tissue.
A slot machine; one-arm bandit: The slots are going day and night (1950+)