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schlep

[ shlep ]
/ ʃlɛp /
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verb (used with object), schlepped, schlep·ping.Slang.

to carry; lug: to schlep an umbrella on a sunny day.

verb (used without object), schlepped, schlep·ping.Slang.

to move slowly, awkwardly, or tediously: We schlepped from store to store all day.

noun Slang.

Also schlepper. someone or something that is tedious, slow, or awkward.

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Also schlepp . Sometimes shlep, shlepp .

Origin of schlep

First recorded in 1920–25; from Yiddish shlepn “to pull, drag, (intransitive) trudge,” from Middle High German dialect sleppen, from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch slēpen; cognate with Middle High German, Old High German sleifen (German schleifen ); akin to slip1, slippery
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British Dictionary definitions for schlep

schlep
/ (ʃlɛp) /

verb schleps, schlepping or schlepped

to drag or lug (oneself or an object) with difficulty

noun

a stupid or clumsy person
an arduous journey or procedure

Word Origin for schlep

Yiddish, from German schleppen
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