But she does offer a brief reprieve for those nostalgic for a cultural era that appears to be sloughing away before our eyes.
When they speak of our sloughing our dead selves, they imagine the husk left behind as a dead length of hollow scale or skin.
Tripoli, like other towns oh these shores, looks as though it were sloughing away.
This cessation has been attributed to reopening of the pyloric orifice by sloughing of the growth.
Mankind are sloughing off the Old Theologies, and coming up higher.
In other genera the egg changes into a larva imperceptibly, there being no sloughing off of the skin.
Inflammation may be accompanied by sloughing or death of tissues.
He didn't know how much would stand when the sloughing ended.
There may be also severe hemorrhage as in any sloughing wound.
After all, one of the most attractive features about being “well brought up” is the fun of sloughing off.
"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