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slug1

[sluhg] /slʌg/
noun
1.
any of various snaillike terrestrial gastropods having no shell or only a rudimentary one, feeding on plants and a pest of leafy garden crops.
2.
a nudibranch.
3.
a metal disk used as a coin or token, generally counterfeit.
4.
a piece of lead or other metal for firing from a gun.
5.
any heavy piece of crude metal.
6.
Printing.
  1. a thick strip of type metal less than type-high.
  2. such a strip containing a type-high number or other character for temporary use.
  3. a line of type in one piece, as produced by a Linotype.
7.
Informal. a shot of liquor taken neat; belt.
8.
Slang. a person who is lazy or slow-moving; sluggard.
9.
a slow-moving animal, vehicle, or the like.
10.
Journalism.
  1. Also called catchline. a short phrase or title used to indicate the story content of newspaper or magazine copy.
  2. the line of type carrying this information.
11.
Metalworking. a small piece of metal ready for processing.
12.
a gold coin of California, privately issued in 1849 and for some time after, worth 50 dollars.
13.
Physics. a unit of mass, equivalent to approximately 32.2 pounds (15 kg) and having the property that a force of one pound acting upon a mass of this unit produces an acceleration of one foot per second per second.
14.
an irregular projection or knob on the surface of yarn, usually produced by lint or by defects in weaving.
verb (used with object), slugged, slugging.
15.
Printing.
  1. to make (corrections) by replacing entire lines of type, especially as set by a Linotype.
  2. to check the lines of (typeset copy) against copy of the previous typesetting stage to ensure that no line has been omitted, especially before printing or plating.
16.
Journalism. to furnish (copy) with a slug.
17.
to interpolate pieces of metal into (a joint being welded).
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English slugge sluggard < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian (dial.) sluggje heavy, slow person
Related forms
sluglike, adjective

slug2

[sluhg] /slʌg/
verb (used with object), slugged, slugging.
1.
to strike heavily; hit hard, especially with the fist.
2.
to hit or drive (a baseball) very hard or a great distance.
verb (used without object), slugged, slugging.
3.
to hit or be capable of hitting hard.
4.
to trudge, fight, or push onward, as against obstacles or through mud or snow:
The infantry slugged up the hill and dug in.
noun
5.
a hard blow or hit, especially with a fist or baseball bat.
Idioms
6.
slug it out,
  1. to fight, especially with fists, until a decisive victory has been achieved.
  2. to succeed or survive by constant and intense struggle.
Origin
1820-30; orig. in phrase hit with a slug; see slug1
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Examples from the web for slug
  • And people are willing to try anything to achieve that solid slug of slumber.
  • Then, he pulled a huge slug from his pocket and loaded his gun.
  • Imagine doing sports with this thing: you'd slug every ball out over the stadium walls.
  • One type of sea slug has a cool way of escaping predators.
  • He's captured everything from the sound of a slug biting into a leaf to butterfly wings beating against the air.
  • Slot in the slug and take aim, and pull the trigger to fire.
  • Their prescription for a weak economy is a large slug of austerity.
  • When cornered by ants on a leaf, the slug produces a protective sticky mucus.
  • Monetising a slug of public debt in this way is bound to be inflationary.
  • But all this is really feasible only because of a slug of new investment.
British Dictionary definitions for slug

slug1

/slʌɡ/
noun
1.
any of various terrestrial gastropod molluscs of the genera Limax, Arion, etc, in which the body is elongated and the shell is absent or very much reduced Compare sea slug related adjective limacine
2.
any of various other invertebrates having a soft slimy body, esp the larvae of certain sawflies
3.
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) a slow-moving or lazy person or animal
Word Origin
C15 (in the sense: a slow person or animal): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian (dialect) sluggje

slug2

/slʌɡ/
noun
1.
an fps unit of mass; the mass that will acquire an acceleration of 1 foot per second per second when acted upon by a force of 1 pound. 1 slug is approximately equal to 32.17 pounds
2.
(metallurgy) a metal blank from which small forgings are worked
3.
a bullet or pellet larger than a pellet of buckshot
4.
(mainly US & Canadian) a metal token for use in slot machines, etc
5.
(printing)
  1. a thick strip of type metal that is less than type-high and is used for spacing
  2. a similar strip carrying a type-high letter, used as a temporary mark by compositors
  3. a metal strip containing a line of characters as produced by a linecaster
6.
a draught of a drink, esp an alcoholic one
7.
a magnetic core that is screwed into or out of an inductance coil to adjust the tuning of a radio frequency amplifier
Word Origin
C17 (bullet), C19 (printing): perhaps from slug1, with allusion to the shape of the animal

slug3

/slʌɡ/
verb slugs, slugging, slugged
1.
to hit very hard and solidly, as in boxing
2.
(intransitive) (US & Canadian) to plod as if through snow
3.
(transitive) (Austral & NZ, informal) to charge (someone) an exorbitant price
4.
(informal) slug it out, to fight, compete, or struggle with fortitude
noun
5.
an act of slugging; heavy blow
6.
(Austral & NZ, informal) an exorbitant charge or price
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from slug² (bullet)
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Word Origin and History for slug
n.

"shell-less land snail," 1704, originally "lazy person" (early 15c.); related to sluggard.

"lead bit," 1620s, perhaps a special use of slug (n.1), perhaps on some supposed resemblance. Meaning "token or counterfeit coin" first recorded 1881; meaning "strong drink" first recorded 1756, perhaps from slang fire a slug "take a drink," though it also may be related to Irish slog "swallow." Journalism sense is from 1925, originally a short guideline for copy editors at the head of a story.

"a hard blow," 1830, dialectal, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to slaughter or perhaps a secondary form of slay.

v.

"deliver a hard blow with the fist," 1862, from slug (n.3). Related: Slugged; slugging. Slugging-match is from 1878.

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Slang definitions & phrases for slug

sludd

verb

To suffer the terrible effects of chemical attack

[Gulf War armed forces; acronym fr salivate, lachrymate, urinate, and defecate]


sluff

verb

To avoid work and responsibility; shirk: No one accused Bo of sluffing

[1951+; fr slough off]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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