Sure, be looking at his stride and his habit of slatting people over the head, and his grand manners with his food.
Presently the square canvas was all a-shiver, slatting furiously and causing the ship to tremble to her keel.
And what a pleasant song the creaking of the ropes and the slatting of the sails made!
It caught in the folds of the sails and came down upon their heads in little torrents with the slatting of the canvas.
"There's a good bunch of wind in that cloud," he said, springing to help his companion with the slatting main-sail.
He could see nothing through the porthole save a dark blur, but he heard the creaking of cordage and the slatting of sails.
Wheeler's car was shot through, the slatting ripped at the driver's place, the sides a mess.
The yacht, completing the manœuvre, headed into the wind with slatting canvas, and righted to an even keel.
late 14c., earlier sclat (c.1300), "a roofing slate, a thin, flat stone," from Old French esclat "split piece, chip, splinter" (Modern French éclat), back-formation from esclater "to break, splinter, burst," probably from Frankish *slaitan "to tear, slit" or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German slizan, Old English slitan; see slit (v.)). Meaning "long, thin, narrow piece of wood or metal" attested from 1764.
Crudely violent; irresponsibly vitriolic: a few years of slash-and-burn expense cutting
[1980s+; fr a type of transitory cultivation in which a forest area is cleared and the undergrowth burned for planting, the term found by 1939]