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slew2

or slue

[sloo] /slu/
noun, Informal.
1.
a large number or quantity:
a whole slew of people.
Origin of slew2
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; < Irish sluagh crowd, throng, army, host

slew3

[sloo] /slu/
verb (used with or without object), noun
1.
slue1 .

slew4

[sloo] /slu/
noun, U.S., Canadian.
1.
slough1 (def 3).

slue1

or slew

[sloo] /slu/
verb (used with object), slued, sluing.
1.
to turn (a mast or other spar) around on its own axis, or without removing it from its place.
2.
to swing around.
verb (used without object), slued, sluing.
3.
to turn about; swing around.
noun
4.
the act of sluing.
5.
a position slued to.
Origin
1760-70; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for slew's

slew1

/sluː/
verb
1.
the past tense of slay

slew2

/sluː/
verb
1.
to twist or be twisted sideways, esp awkwardly: he slewed around in his chair
2.
(nautical) to cause (a mast) to rotate in its step or (of a mast) to rotate in its step
noun
3.
the act of slewing
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin

slew3

/sluː/
noun
1.
a variant spelling (esp US) of slough1 (sense 2)

slew4

/sluː/
noun
1.
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) a great number or amount; a lot
Word Origin
C20: from Irish Gaelic sluagh; related to Old Irish slōg army

slue1

/sluː/
noun, verb
1.
a variant spelling (esp US) of slew2

slue2

/sluː/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of slough1 (sense 2)

slue3

/sluː/
noun
1.
(US, informal) a variant spelling of slew4
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Word Origin and History for slew's

slew

n.

"swampy place," 1708, North American variant of slough.

"large number," 1839, from Irish sluagh "a host, crowd, multitude," from Celtic and Balto-Slavic *sloug- "help, service" (see slogan).

v.

"to turn, swing, twist," 1834, earlier slue (1769), a nautical word, of unknown origin. Slewed (1801) is old nautical slang for "drunk." Slew-foot "clumsy person who walks with feet turned out" is from 1896.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for slew's

slew

noun

A large quantity; oodles, slathers: a slew of cops

[1839+; probably fr Irish sluagh, ''host, multitude'']

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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