- partly melted snow.
- liquid mud; watery mire.
- waste, as fat, grease, or other refuse, from the galley of a ship.
- a mixture of grease and other materials for lubricating.
- silly, sentimental, or weakly emotional talk or writing: romantic slush.
- slush pile.
- to splash with slush.
- to grease, polish, or cover with slush.
- to fill or cover with mortar or cement.
- to wash with a large quantity of water, as by dashing it on.
Origin of slush
Examples from the Web for slush
And it became a slush fund for those beloved social programs.Why Hugo Chavez Was Bad for Venezuela
March 7, 2013
A Buddhist priest walks knee deep in slush among buildings that have uprooted like trees.This Week’s Hot Reads: February 11, 2013
February 11, 2013
Congress felt that they were being used as slush funds to allow senior management to loot the firm.Big Losses, Bigger Paychecks
November 19, 2012
I needed to write a book, which would leap out from the slush pile.Sisterly Love
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June 7, 2011
An intern had fished it out of the slush pile and handed it to Linville.The Virgin Suicides' Sweet 16
July 22, 2009
The snow was now fast melting, and the ice-fields were covered with slush.The Field of Ice
He makes proclamations that Orham is nothin' but sand, slush, and soft drinks.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
"My wife, if she wishes, can turn Shelley into slush," he answered bitterly.Melomaniacs
The snow became a sea of slush, and water covered the ice of lakes and river.The Gaunt Gray Wolf
"It's the last time you get any of that slush into me, Babbitt," says he.Shorty McCabe
- any watery muddy substance, esp melting snow
- informal sloppily sentimental language
- nautical waste fat from the galley of a ship
- (intr often foll by along) to make one's way through or as if through slush
- (intr) to make a slushing sound
Word Origin and History for slush
1640s, "melting snow, snow and water," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian and Swedish slask "slushy ground;" obsolete Danish slus "sleet"), all probably imitative of the sound of sloshing. Slush fund is first attested 1839, from an earlier sense of slush "refuse fat" (1756); the money from the sale of a ship's slush was distributed among the officers, which was the original sense of the phrase. The extended meaning "money collected for bribes and to buy influence" is first recorded 1874, no doubt with suggestions of "greasing" palms.