slug

2
[ sluhg ]
/ slʌg /
Informal.

verb (used with object), slugged, slug·ging.

to strike heavily; hit hard, especially with the fist.
to hit or drive (a baseball) very hard or a great distance.

verb (used without object), slugged, slug·ging.

to hit or be capable of hitting hard.
to trudge, fight, or push onward, as against obstacles or through mud or snow: The infantry slugged up the hill and dug in.

noun

a hard blow or hit, especially with a fist or baseball bat.

Idioms

    slug it out,
    1. to fight, especially with fists, until a decisive victory has been achieved.
    2. to succeed or survive by constant and intense struggle.

Origin of slug

2
1820–30; orig. in phrase hit with a slug; see slug1
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British Dictionary definitions for slug it out (1 of 3)

slug

1
/ (slʌɡ) /

noun

any of various terrestrial gastropod molluscs of the genera Limax, Arion, etc, in which the body is elongated and the shell is absent or very much reducedCompare sea slug Related adjective: limacine
any of various other invertebrates having a soft slimy body, esp the larvae of certain sawflies
informal, mainly US and Canadian a slow-moving or lazy person or animal

Word Origin for slug

C15 (in the sense: a slow person or animal): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian (dialect) sluggje

British Dictionary definitions for slug it out (2 of 3)

slug

2
/ (slʌɡ) /

noun

Word Origin for slug

C17 (bullet), C19 (printing): perhaps from slug 1, with allusion to the shape of the animal

British Dictionary definitions for slug it out (3 of 3)

slug

3
/ (slʌɡ) /

verb slugs, slugging or slugged

to hit very hard and solidly, as in boxing
(intr) US and Canadian to plod as if through snow
(tr) Australian and NZ informal to charge (someone) an exorbitant price
slug it out informal to fight, compete, or struggle with fortitude

noun

an act of slugging; heavy blow
Australian and NZ informal an exorbitant charge or price

Word Origin for slug

C19: perhaps from slug ² (bullet)
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