Again, he sloughed off the blame onto his staff, playing for sympathy for being "betrayed."
The "social question" is solved; at least we are upon the way to "social peace," capitalism is saved, socialism is sloughed off.
I shall miss the incubus of the body, and the fleshly desires I have sloughed off with it.
Their metallic tunics melted and sloughed as inner fires ate away the fragile garments that covered them!
The short winter day sloughed off suddenly, and it was dark when they rose from the table.
Now, those lads that we left back in Utica will more than likely get sloughed into jail when they get to boozin'.
If traces of such a belief existed, they have been sloughed off.
Under his scorn her anger kindled and her humility was sloughed.
Nasmyth sloughed off his dripping garments, and was asleep in five minutes after he had crawled into his bunk.
The modest spinster and the bashful bachelor seemed to have sloughed off their former natures.
"muddy place," Old English sloh "soft, muddy ground," of uncertain origin. Cf. Middle Low German sloch "muddy place," Middle High German sluoche "ditch." Figurative use (e.g. of moral sunkenness or Bunyan's "Slough of Despond," 1678) attested from mid-13c.
"cast-off skin" (of a snake or other animal), early 14c., slughe, slouh, probably related to Old Saxon sluk "skin of a snake," Middle High German sluch "snakeskin, wineskin," Middle Low German slu "husk, peel, skin," German Schlauch "wineskin;" from Proto-Germanic *sluk-, of uncertain origin, perhaps from PIE root *sleug- "to glide."
"to cast off" (as the skin of a snake or other animal), 1720, originally of diseased tissue, from Middle English noun slough "shed skin of a snake" (see slough (n.)). Related: Sloughed; sloughing.
A layer or mass of dead tissue separated from surrounding living tissue, as in a wound, a sore, or an inflammation. v. sloughed, slough·ing, sloughs
To separate from surrounding living tissue. Used of dead tissue.
To waste time; to start to lose momentum or interest in a project: sloughing off on the homework