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[sluhg-fest] /ˈslʌgˌfɛst/
noun, Informal.
a baseball game in which both teams make many runs and extra-base hits.
a boxing bout in which the boxers exchange powerful blows vigorously and aggressively with little care for defense.
an intense conflict or combat.
Origin of slugfest
1915-20; slug2 + fest Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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noun (informal)
a boxing match in which opponents trade heavy blows
any sporting contest between powerful and evenly matched opponents
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for slugfest

1910, originally in reference to baseball, from slug (n.3) + -fest.

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Slang definitions & phrases for slugfest

slug 1


  1. A bullet: Doctors said they're still unable to remove the slug (1622+)
  2. A dollar: do the job at 125 slugs a week (1887+)
  3. A drink of liquid, esp of whiskey; snort: ordering a slug of Old Stepmother (1762+)


(also slug down): The crowd cheered and jeered and slugged beers (1940s+)

[origin uncertain; perhaps fr the resemblance of a lump of metal to the snail-like creature the slug; the earliest attested US sensesare''goldnugget,lumpofcrudemetal'';thedrink and drinking senses appear to be derived fr phrases like fire a slug and cast a slug, ''take a drink of liquor,'' found as metaphors in late 18th-century British sources, and may be fr Irish slog, ''a drink, a swallow'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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