Definition of slagging in English:



  • 1An insulting and critical attack.

    ‘I knew I would get a slagging for that comment’
    • ‘I thought, if I do something like those two now, I'm in for a slagging.’
    • ‘I'll slag off anyone who deserves a slagging, all right?’
    • ‘Even if we are a minority within a minority, it doesn't make the sting of indiscriminate slagging any less painful.’
    • ‘Unite against the posers, wannabies, idiots and people that drag the music scene down through backbiting, slagging and negativity.’
    • ‘Few people I know would have endured the slagging from various bloggers, the adverse media commentary and the awful poll results dished out in recent weeks only to keep on going with chin up and a cheery grin.’
    • ‘I would also suggest that your boyfriend is over-reacting just a tad if he thinks he's not going to get a promotion because some morons gave him a slagging.’
    • ‘Despite all the slagging he got in the letters pages, for me no one even came close to capturing Kennedy's neat illustrations and innovative use of panels.’
    • ‘Can't understand why the place has received such a slagging - did they go to the same place?’
    • ‘I don't know anyone who could have taken the battering, the slagging that this man has taken.’
    • ‘In the late 70's / early 80's you wouldn't get gigs sponsored by Levi's, Becks, Pepsi Cola or whoever - these were part of the establishment who were getting a slagging!’
    • ‘As a result of this persistent slagging, we redheads have a deep, durable, unspoken, and almost Masonic, bond.’
    • ‘Though certainly not designed for casual viewing, Gerry is too visually rich and mordantly witty to deserve the slagging it's received in some quarters.’
    • ‘I didn't want to finish 30th and take a slagging from the press.’
    censure, reproval, condemnation, denunciation, disapproval, disparagement, opprobrium, captiousness, fault-finding, carping, cavilling
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    1. 1.1Irish [mass noun]Good-natured teasing.
      ‘there was a bit of slagging but it is all good craic’
      • ‘They'll all come on as themselves and will get a slagging and have a bit of banter with the audience.’
      • ‘It was an informal chat and we were told that some people are able for the slagging better then others and to tread lightly.’
      • ‘I love the bit of slagging that goes on between people from different counties.’
      • ‘The good humour and banter continued with the local trio all participating in the slagging.’
      • ‘It was easy to imagine a scene in that affable pub on any night, the slagging, the fun.’
      • ‘Cork were well up in the first half and Kilkenny took off in the second half and routed them - there was a lot of Kilkenny fellas in the school at the time, so you can imagine the slagging.’
      • ‘He is right to condemn the articles in questio, for they cannot be conveniently dismissed as harmless slagging.’
      • ‘The pub was full of laughter and the Carlovians took the slagging in the spirit in which it was offered.’
      • ‘Of course the usual banter and the slagging started, with challenges being thrown down left, right and centre.’
      • ‘He has had to endure quite a lot of slagging from friends at his new public role.’
      • ‘Since then, Billy has played the part of the dame in three other productions and has become used to the slagging he gets from his colleagues on the building sites where he works.’
      • ‘Slagging was at a premium with no prisoners taken.’
      • ‘The seven girls and three boys will brave the elements (and the slagging!) to wear their pyjamas to school.’
      • ‘The rest of the lads on the squad will have to go away to the other qualifiers, so the slagging has started already, that I am going to be on my holidays while they will be working away.’
      • ‘Most people will remember him his football achievements, all of which are well documented but I will still remember him for the slagging and the banter.’
      • ‘Jokes were told and slagging was rife and everyone savoured the moment for what it was.’
      • ‘Friendly banter between the two bus drivers continued with each set of supporters waving flags and indulging in quick-witted slagging.’