Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably

slave away

Slang definitions & phrases for slave away



A large quantity; oodles: It cost the railroads slathers of money

[1857+; ultimately fr Irish sliotar]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for slave away
Historical Examples
  • "Oh, well, if people like to slave away on that principle—" he said, with a shrug and smile which Nora had learned to detest.

    Roland Graeme: Knight Agnes Maule Machar
  • Women, who should be the queens of households, wander in the streets, or they slave away in factories.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
  • They made the decoying, or aiding therein, of a slave away from his master in the Territory grand larceny, punishable by death.

    The Middle Period 1817-1858 John William Burgess
  • We are to slave away making pin-cushions from now until July, and then sell them to some one else!

    A Houseful of Girls Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • At present you are compelled to slave away as a cutter for thirty shillings a week.

  • To the cruelty of turning the slave away, Halleck added the dishonesty of slandering him.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • You just think to keep me in a good humor while I slave away, and you sit there like a king, giving orders.

  • I didn't come out here for my health, but goodness knows I never expected to slave away in a hot kitchen in this way.

    Money Magic Hamlin Garland

Word of the Day

Word Value for slave

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for slave away