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slue

1

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.
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verb (used without object), slued, slu·ing.
  1. to turn about; swing around.
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noun
  1. the act of sluing.
  2. a position slued to.
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Origin of slue

1
First recorded in 1760–70; origin uncertain

slue

2
[sloo]
noun Informal.
  1. slew2.
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slue

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

2

or slue

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

2
1830–40, Americanism; < Irish sluagh crowd, throng, army, host
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Related Words for slues

swerve, glide, drift, slip, veer, deflect, stray, skid, lurch, decline, plummet, recede, tumble, sag, slump, spiral, reach, plunge, sink, fall

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Historical Examples of slues

  • 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

slue

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

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

3
noun
  1. US informal a variant spelling of slew 4
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slew

1
verb
  1. the past tense of slay
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slew

2

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
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noun
  1. the act of slewing
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Word Origin for slew

C18: of unknown origin

slew

3
noun
  1. a variant spelling (esp US) of slough 1 (def. 2)
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slew

4

slue

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

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.

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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.

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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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