It was only a matter of time before these two enormous egos would clash—and try to slay each other.
Central banks in the U.S., Europe and Japan are pushing interest rates toward zero to slay the potential for deflation.
Even when she's forced to slay a dragon, she's on autopilot, going through the motions.
“It brings me little joy to approach anyone and slay them,” he said.
But because these tax cuts have powerful, well-connected constituencies, it has been difficult to slay them.
How could you slay an innocent girl without the least provocation?
The sphinx did not slay herself until her riddle had been guessed.
Clothes like those worn by his white brothers, and a sword to slay his enemies.
When Cain wished to slay his brother, he was at no loss for a weapon.
The two might make a good fight and slay some of their foes, but in any event they would certainly be taken or killed.
Old English slean "to smite, strike, beat," also "to kill with a weapon, slaughter" (class VI strong verb; past tense sloh, slog, past participle slagen), from Proto-Germanic *slahan, from root *slog- "to hit" (cf. Old Norse and Old Frisian sla, Danish slaa, Middle Dutch slaen, Dutch slaan, Old High German slahan, German schlagen, Gothic slahan "to strike"). The Germanic words are from PIE root *slak- "to strike" (cf. Middle Irish past participle slactha "struck," slacc "sword").
Modern German cognate schlagen maintains the original sense of "to strike." Meaning "overwhelm with delight" (mid-14c.) preserves one of the wide range of meanings the word once had, including, in Old English, "stamp (coins); forge (weapons); throw, cast; pitch (a tent), to sting (of a snake); to dash, rush, come quickly; play (the harp); gain by conquest."
"instrument on a weaver's loom to beat up the weft," Old English slæ, slea, slahae, from root meaning "strike" (see slay (v.)), so called from "striking" the web together. Hence the surname Slaymaker "maker of slays."
To work very hard at something: slaving away at Thanksgiving dinner