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slew1

[sloo] /slu/
verb
1.
simple past tense of slay.

slew3

[sloo] /slu/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), noun
1.
slue1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for slewing

slew1

/sluː/
verb
1.
the past tense of slay

slew2

/sluː/
verb
1.
to twist or be twisted sideways, esp awkwardly: he slewed around in his chair
2.
(nautical) to cause (a mast) to rotate in its step or (of a mast) to rotate in its step
noun
3.
the act of slewing
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin

slew3

/sluː/
noun
1.
a variant spelling (esp US) of slough1 (sense 2)

slew4

/sluː/
noun
1.
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) a great number or amount; a lot
Word Origin
C20: from Irish Gaelic sluagh; related to Old Irish slōg army
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Word Origin and History for slewing

slew

n.

"swampy place," 1708, North American variant of slough.

"large number," 1839, from Irish sluagh "a host, crowd, multitude," from Celtic and Balto-Slavic *sloug- "help, service" (see slogan).

v.

"to turn, swing, twist," 1834, earlier slue (1769), a nautical word, of unknown origin. Slewed (1801) is old nautical slang for "drunk." Slew-foot "clumsy person who walks with feet turned out" is from 1896.

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Slang definitions & phrases for slewing

slew

noun

A large quantity; oodles, slathers: a slew of cops

[1839+; probably fr Irish sluagh, ''host, multitude'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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