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slue1

or slew

[sloo]
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verb (used with object), slued, slu·ing.
  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, slu·ing.
  1. to turn about; swing around.
noun
  1. the act of sluing.
  2. a position slued to.

Origin of slue1

First recorded in 1760–70; origin uncertain

slue2

[sloo]
noun Informal.
  1. slew2.

slue3

[sloo]
noun
  1. slough1(def 3).

slew2

or slue

[sloo]
noun Informal.
  1. a large number or quantity: a whole slew of people.

Origin of slew2

1830–40, Americanism; < Irish sluagh crowd, throng, army, host
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Examples from the Web for slues

Historical Examples

  • He has dropped it now, and he slues his gun into position—but with one arm only!

    With Haig on the Somme

    D. H. Parry


British Dictionary definitions for slues

slue1

noun, verb
  1. a variant spelling (esp US) of slew 2

slue2

noun
  1. a variant spelling of slough 1 (def. 2)

slue3

noun
  1. US informal a variant spelling of slew 4

slew1

verb
  1. the past tense of slay

slew2

esp US slue

verb
  1. to twist or be twisted sideways, esp awkwardlyhe 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
  1. the act of slewing

Word Origin

C18: of unknown origin

slew3

noun
  1. a variant spelling (esp US) of slough 1 (def. 2)

slew4

slue

noun
  1. informal, mainly US and Canadian a great number or amount; a lot

Word Origin

C20: from Irish Gaelic sluagh; related to Old Irish slōg army
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Word Origin and History for slues

slew

n.1

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

slew

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.

slew

n.2

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

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