Meaning of SLUG in English

SLUG

/ slʌg; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

a small soft creature, like a snail without a shell, that moves very slowly and often eats garden plants

2.

( informal ) a small amount of a strong alcoholic drink :

He took another slug of whisky.

3.

( informal , especially NAmE ) a bullet

4.

( NAmE , informal ) a piece of metal shaped like a coin used to get things from machines, etc., sometimes illegally

■ verb ( -gg- ) [ vn ]

1.

( informal ) to hit sb hard, especially with your closed hand

2.

( in baseball ) to hit the ball hard

IDIOMS

- slug it out

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WORD ORIGIN

noun late Middle English (in the sense sluggard ): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Norwegian dialect slugg large heavy body. Sense 1 dates from the early 18th cent.

verb mid 19th cent.: of unknown origin; compare with the verb slog .

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