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slush

[sluhsh] /slʌʃ/
noun
1.
partly melted snow.
2.
liquid mud; watery mire.
3.
waste, as fat, grease, or other refuse, from the galley of a ship.
4.
a mixture of grease and other materials for lubricating.
5.
silly, sentimental, or weakly emotional talk or writing:
romantic slush.
verb (used with object)
7.
to splash with slush.
8.
to grease, polish, or cover with slush.
9.
to fill or cover with mortar or cement.
10.
to wash with a large quantity of water, as by dashing it on.
Origin of slush
1635-1645
1635-45; apparently cognate with Norwegian slusk slops, Swedish slask mud, slops
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slush

/slʌʃ/
noun
1.
any watery muddy substance, esp melting snow
2.
(informal) sloppily sentimental language
3.
(nautical) waste fat from the galley of a ship
verb
4.
(intransitive) often foll by along. to make one's way through or as if through slush
5.
(intransitive) to make a slushing sound
Word Origin
C17: related to Danish slus sleet, Norwegian slusk slops; see sludge, slosh
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Word Origin and History for slush
n.

1640s, "melting snow, snow and water," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian and Swedish slask "slushy ground;" obsolete Danish slus "sleet"), all probably imitative of the sound of sloshing. Slush fund is first attested 1839, from an earlier sense of slush "refuse fat" (1756); the money from the sale of a ship's slush was distributed among the officers, which was the original sense of the phrase. The extended meaning "money collected for bribes and to buy influence" is first recorded 1874, no doubt with suggestions of "greasing" palms.

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slurb

noun

A suburb of cheap mass-produced houses, ugly business places, etc: The towns all merged in one faceless, undifferentiated slurb

[1962+; probably a blend of slum and suburb]

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