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slit

[slit] /slɪt/
verb (used with object), slit, slitting.
1.
to cut apart or open along a line; make a long cut, fissure, or opening in.
2.
to cut or rend into strips; split.
noun
3.
a straight, narrow cut, opening, or aperture.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English slitte (noun), slitten (v.); cognate with German schlitzen to split, slit; akin to Old English slite a slit, geslit a bite, slītan to split; see slice
Related forms
slitless, adjective
slitlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for slitting

slit

/slɪt/
verb (transitive) slits, slitting, slit
1.
to make a straight long incision in; split open
2.
to cut into strips lengthwise
3.
to sever
noun
4.
a long narrow cut
5.
a long narrow opening
Derived Forms
slitter, noun
Word Origin
Old English slītan to slice; related to Old Norse slita, Old High German slīzen
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Word Origin and History for slitting

slit

v.

c.1200, from or related to Old English slitan "to slit, tear, split, rend to pieces; bite, sting; back-bite," from Proto-Germanic *slitan (cf. Old Saxon slitan, Old Frisian slita, Old Norse slita, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch sliten, Dutch slijten, Old High German slizan, German schleißen "to slit"). A more violent verb in Old English than after, e.g. slitcwealm "death by rending." Slit skirt is attested from 1913.A slitting-mill (1660s) cut iron plates into thin rods for making nails, etc.

n.

mid-13c., "long cut or rent (in clothes), incision," from slit (v.). Slang sense of "vulva" is attested from 1640s. Old English had slit (n.) with a sense of "a rending, bite; backbiting."

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Slang definitions & phrases for slitting

slip one's trolley

verb phrase

To lose one's rational composure; flip out, freak out: She was going around babbling like she slipped her trolley

[1895+; fr the condition of a trolley car that has lost contact with the electrical cable]


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