slushing

slush

[sluhsh]
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:
1635–45; apparently cognate with Norwegian slusk slops, Swedish slask mud, slops

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

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slush
1641, perhaps from a Scand. source (cf. Norw. and Sw. slask "slushy ground;" obs. Dan. 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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