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slew1

[sloo] /slu/
verb
1.
simple past tense of slay.

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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Examples from the Web for slews
Historical Examples
  • He slews all out of gear, like a carronade with rotten lashings.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • It is great fun, too, to slide on the drifts with "slews" or "jump-ers."

  • He had slews and slathers of money, as Yankee Bill would say.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • It goes like a scared rabbit, but that isn't so much the point as that it slews around and spills you into a drift.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • She slews around pretty easily under a pull, and I want you two to guide her with a line.

    The Last of the Flatboats George Cary Eggleston
  • Some were buried deep in the sand, and some have been carried down and hidden in sand banks and slews.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • It was called the Ridge Road because it followed the knolls and hog-backs, and thus, as far as might be, kept out of the slews.

    Vandemark's Folly Herbert Quick
  • Stern faced and intent upon the road, he slews his big ship into a better bit of road by hauling at the steering wheel.

    Sketches of the East Africa Campaign Robert Valentine Dolbey
  • She lives in Chicago and is acquainted with slews of kids which we don't know.

    Heart of Gold Ruth Alberta Brown
  • He goes towards her, and checks himself, then slews the armchair round.

British Dictionary definitions for slews

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 slews

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 slews

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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