Definition of slash in English:



  • 1Cut with a wide, sweeping movement, typically using a knife or sword:

    ‘she tried to kill herself by slashing her wrists’
    ‘a tyre was slashed on my car’
    [no object] ‘the man slashed at him with a sword’
    • ‘As they pushed against each other's arm against the other, Marcus raised his sword and slashed at the lizard.’
    • ‘He brought his hand up as if to caress her face, and at the last instant, flicked his wrist and savagely slashed the knife across her throat.’
    • ‘The truck was sitting on the bridge still, but she could see the tires had been slashed, with her knife she presumed.’
    • ‘Kale pulled out his sword and slashed at the operative, slicing Lance's arm across the shoulder before kicking him out of the way.’
    • ‘These were the first casualties of that bloody war, and they did not even have time to draw their swords before the knives slashed across their throats.’
    • ‘Frantic, the intruder, drew his sword and slashed at the cyborg's feet, easily slicing through its ankles.’
    • ‘‘Your skills could use improvement,’ said Charles as he lifted his sword and slashed at my leg.’
    • ‘I did the only thing I could think of at the time; I took my sword and slashed at the arm with amazing force.’
    • ‘As Haruka followed, Jeff drew a short sword and slashed at his former son.’
    • ‘As soon as he stepped into the galley, I kicked the sword out of his hand and slashed at him with my knife.’
    • ‘Ten years ago, nets belonging to the Knock United club were slashed at McLoughlin's field on the Knock road which at the time was being used as the club's pitch.’
    • ‘He drew his sword and slashed at the wall, which came apart instantly.’
    • ‘She pulled a knife and slashed at the angelic face before her.’
    • ‘I drew my sword and slashed at all the enemies in my way as I ran to the top.’
    • ‘He whipped out his swords and slashed at it before it could get its bearings.’
    • ‘Professor Davis' leather jacket had been slashed at the back, about kidney height.’
    • ‘Risaku unsheathed his sword and slashed at the hand.’
    • ‘I realised it was a knife when they slashed my wrist with it.’
    • ‘We hacked and slashed our way through the forest until we reached a huge opening.’
    • ‘AN 18-year-old woman who threatened a police officer with a kitchen knife began to slash her own wrists with the weapon.’
    gash, slit, split open, lacerate, knife, hack, make an incision in, score
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    1. 1.1informal Reduce (a price, quantity, etc.) greatly:
      ‘the workforce has been slashed by 2,000’
      • ‘Every European government is slashing public spending and cutting welfare provisions.’
      • ‘And suppliers are again being pushed hard to slash prices.’
      • ‘Companies are cutting back jobs and slashing pensions.’
      • ‘Forty years ago today the notorious Beeching plan to slash 2,363 rail stations and 5,000 miles of track nationwide, was unveiled.’
      • ‘And because this simple process was less expensive, he could slash his price.’
      • ‘He would have to slash his prices in half and create a branded line of three complementary products in order to get the deal.’
      • ‘Since then, health officials have been tirelessly working to slash the conception rate among schoolgirls.’
      • ‘In October 2000 50 positions were slashed at the company's bases in Melksham and Trowbridge as bosses attempted to balance the books.’
      • ‘Football analysts predict that this will slash the price of broadcasting rights by several hundred millions.’
      • ‘That would slash prices to consumers - and also save insurers hundreds of millions of dollars because they would no longer foot the bill.’
      • ‘Prices were slashed in some parts of the country, and many builders went bankrupt.’
      • ‘Many bargain hunters are finding great deals as businesses slash prices and offer incentives to boost sales.’
      • ‘Part of that drawdown will come from tech companies slashing prices.’
      • ‘It was expected that the share of each state would have been slashed at today's meeting keeping in mind the dry conditions and the failure of the monsoons.’
      • ‘In addition, the recent surge in productivity is encouraging the efficient to slash prices, forcing rivals to match their discounts or lose share.’
      • ‘UK retailers slashed the prices of summer clothing’
      • ‘A vicious cycle emerges where prices are slashed and producers try to out-discount each other.’
      • ‘His policies included slashing social spending, cutting taxes for high-income earners and dismantling welfare and education entitlements.’
      • ‘The combination of such software and low inventories means many chains can hope to feel less pressure to slash prices as the holiday season gets under way.’
      • ‘However, it recently slashed the price of the games machine to €299.’
      reduce, cut, drop, bring down, mark down, lower, put down
      get rid of, axe, cut, shed, lose
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  • 2archaic Lash, whip, or thrash:

    ‘slash him with bridle-reins and dog-whips!’
    • ‘He picked up the whip he had slashed him with, happy to have sustained the damage to his ribs and leg.’
    • ‘Kyana did not let him finish the sentence; she snapped the whip, slashing him across the chest.’
    • ‘She whipped through them, slashing them with her sword.’
    • ‘An ice-cream vendor severely slashed a Bangkok dentist with a small sword after accusing him of pulling the wrong tooth, police said yesterday.’
    1. 2.1 Crack (a whip):
      ‘he slashed his whip so near the horse that the creature was frightened’
      • ‘Fuzen slashed the whip at Rowan, which wrapped around his wrist.’
      • ‘The tables turned and now the invisible was in defense, though every now and then it whipped its tail or slashed its claws.’
      • ‘With a rush of strength she slashed the whip across the harnessed mule's haunches.’
      • ‘She said it with a finger poised on her bottom lip as she began thinking about slashing her whip.’
    2. 2.2 Criticize severely:
      ‘it was Lewes who had slashed the book’
      • ‘How could I not slash this movie?’
      • ‘In this book, the irreverent British art critic slashes his way through the New York art scene from the 1960s to recent times.’
      find fault with, censure, denounce, condemn, arraign, attack, lambaste, pillory, disapprove of, carp at, cavil at, rail against, inveigh against, cast aspersions on, pour scorn on, disparage, denigrate, deprecate, malign, vilify, besmirch, run down, give a bad press to
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  • 1A wide, sweeping stroke made with a knife or sword:

    ‘the man took a mighty slash at his head with a large sword’
    • ‘He cut down the closest two with a single slash, cutting both in half.’
    • ‘His chest soaked in blood from the bullet wounds and the sword slashes.’
    • ‘That's done quickly, brutally, the maw rising and falling in quick slashes and dumping the mud to the side.’
    • ‘I caught the slash on the blade pressed against my wrist.’
    • ‘This time he overreached on the right hand side, and a sweeping slash gave him a red welt across his torso and sent his sword flying.’
    • ‘With his free hand, Ocsillatornis tried to break Pete's legs with a single slash.’
    • ‘Her attacks went from the hard motions to indifferent slashes.’
    • ‘The slash on his chest and leg are too wide and deep to be inflicted by man.’
    • ‘Cameron faced a slash head-on, then stepped back as one claw went for his eyes.’
    • ‘Not only did he puncture his sword through his limb, but also because he moved so unbelievably fast, Blake endured twice as many slashes in one mighty stroke.’
    • ‘She began to parry and dodge their blazing fast attacks, but she was clearly outmatched and succumbed to their slashes and blows.’
    • ‘With a quick slash, he caught him on the shoulder blade leaving a deep gash.’
    • ‘The top of the stick smashed the man's nose, sending him stumbling backwards before a swift slash caught him in the neck and threw him to the ground.’
    • ‘The slash caught Locke from his left cheek in a diagonal line to his forehead.’
    • ‘In a swift series of slashes, he turned the giant tree into a large pile of wood.’
    • ‘Beltraw rights himself, and throws a punch at Daniel, then turns and blocks a slash from Simon.’
    • ‘Seeing this Hicoz charged them - dispatching both with a single slash of his mighty blade.’
    • ‘Even though it was a clean slash, I could immediately tell that this would be the most gruesome battle I have ever fought.’
    • ‘Haslette had to jump because of the slashes Nicolini kept sending at his feet.’
    • ‘In the blink of an eye, he leaped towards the table and heaved the sword in a mighty slash that cut the vase in two halves.’
    1. 1.1 A long, deep cut made by a knife or sword:
      ‘he staggered over with a crimson slash across his temple’
      • ‘Callum looked down at the slashes on Seth's thighs.’
      • ‘It had carvings that looked like slashes down all sides of its tough structure.’
      • ‘Gently licking, she cleans the four slashes slow and methodically.’
      • ‘Some people do not have the mental toughness to look at a gaping slash on their own body, see their own spurting blood and continue to attack.’
      • ‘Occasionally we encounter small crevasses, innocuous little fissures cutting slashes through the pristine whiteness of the slope.’
      • ‘Add the chicken to the marinade and rub the marinade into the slashes with your fingertips.’
      • ‘Looking in one direction you could see a tree scored by a deep slash.’
      • ‘Her arms are criss-crossed with white puckered slashes - she cut herself after her older sister died from drugs.’
      • ‘I winced in pain as the cold wind blew sand through the slash.’
      • ‘Both were covered by numerous cuts, slashes and puncture wounds on their legs, arms and faces.’
      • ‘Pushing her black hair out of her face, she caught a glimpse of the ruby-red slash across her right forearm.’
      • ‘He has ten slashes from what looks to be thick rope.’
      • ‘She caught a couple of slashes from the knife in her legs, but she kept running out of blind fear and shock.’
      • ‘More symbols were scrawled into the stone of the arch, crimson slashes carved in the rock as though they were weeping wounds in the gateway.’
      • ‘As the blood pumped into the patient's facial flesh, Asclepius proceeded to start cleaning the slashes on Zach's chest.’
      • ‘One of these came to his notice when a York music dealer showed him the slashes, made by a glass cutter or a diamond ring, cut into the ten-foot square window of his shop.’
      • ‘No gouges, slashes, holes, wounds, cuts, not so much as a scrape.’
      • ‘We're pretty sure it was cut, not torn up by the dogs or something, because the slashes were clean and straight.’
      • ‘She was taken to Basildon Hospital with slashes to her eye and deep cuts to her upper lip.’
      • ‘The flesh had been chewed away at one hand leaving a mighty slash down his palm.’
      cut, gash, laceration, slit, hack, score, incision
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    2. 1.2 A bright patch or flash of colour or light:
      ‘the foliage is handsome—yellow and gold with the odd slash of red’
      • ‘There's such a contrast between the white lining of the underwing, and the small slash of white in the upperwing.’
      • ‘Where a giant tree falls, a slash of light is introduced into the previously darkened forest.’
      • ‘The wind blows her hair around her face, obscuring her expression: when she turns to him, all Bert can see is the red slash of her smile.’
      • ‘Their boots were buffed into black mirrors, the red bands around their caps looked like slashes of blood against the khaki.’
      • ‘Along the way I caught slashes of blue sea and Scarborough Castle, and underfoot, in and amongst the birch and pine trees there are splashes of purple heather.’
      • ‘This piece, from 1992, is a meeting of blue and gold planes framed by frantic green and orange slashes.’
      • ‘The only colour is a slash of peony red on their lips.’
      • ‘He takes in her dark brown hair, badly cut, and over pale face accentuated by a shocking slash of vibrant red mouth.’
      • ‘But it's astonishing to enter a space, straight off the street, that is so long relative to its width, and whose height is emphasised by vertical slashes of windows.’
      • ‘There is a slash of purple, a flash of red, someone cries out…’
      • ‘Get in tough with your inner siren and go for high-octane glamour: think sequins, heels and a slash of red lipstick’
      • ‘The silver slash of Loch Voil in the distance formed a foreground to layers of mountain slopes.’
      • ‘The surface of the suspension became matt, a painted slash of colour against the grey rock, as microfine tremors shot through it.’
      • ‘The dress was royal blue with a diagonal slash of diamantés.’
      • ‘Thunder rumbled again, accompanied by a slash of lightning which lit up the sky for an instant.’
      • ‘As Kiv's hand jerked an inch to one side, Nolen dropped to the ground, avoiding a narrow slash of fiery white light that burned a hole in the wall behind him.’
      • ‘As we gazed down the length of Glen Etive to the silver slash of Loch Etive it was satisfying to realise that the success of our day was far greater than we expected it to be.’
      • ‘Old ladies with still - good cheekbones, groomed swept-up hair and a slash of red lipstick are everywhere.’
      • ‘Her black hair was slicked down, her mouth a cruel slash of red lipstick.’
      • ‘One a bright red with black slashes, tall, but the shortest out of the three.’
  • 2An oblique stroke (/) in print or writing, used between alternatives (e.g. and/or), in fractions (e.g. 3/4), in ratios (e.g. miles/day), or between separate elements of a text:

    ‘sentence breaks are highlighted by slashes’
    • ‘All Unix directories are separated by forward slashes.’
    • ‘Sorry for all the forward slashes; I was trying to take into account all eventualities.’
    • ‘Brackets and slashes all over the place - we might have had too much to say.’
    • ‘I joined the two together separated by a slash as a compromise on the first gig poster, and it stuck.’
    • ‘The names of the alleles involved in these gene conversion/recombination events are separated by a slash.’
    • ‘In addition, it replaces file path back slashes with forward slashes and does many other things.’
    • ‘One stylistic tic Macklin practices in many poems is the refusal to choose the precise word she wants, yoking alternatives with a slash.’
    • ‘A hyphen suggests an amalgamation of the two disciplines; a slash keeps them separate, poetry staying on its side of the fence and criticism on its side.’
    • ‘The slashes in Caxton's text were an experiment in punctuation, and are roughly equivalent to commas.’
    • ‘It occurs to me that the ticks, slashes and comments made on a piece of student work would make a good template for a piece of visual art.’
    • ‘By the way, anything in italics between slashes are thoughts from now on.’
    • ‘Remember to include the trailing slash when invoking custom actions.’
    • ‘An extra key brings up a list of characters that you won't find on the keyboard, such as the forward slash, square brackets and curly braces.’
    • ‘Just get rid of the spaces after the dots and slashes.’
    • ‘So computer scientists had to improvise by borrowing the asterisk for multiplication and the forward slash for division.’
    • ‘At each node, the optimal distribution is given with alternative equally optimal distributions separated with a forward slash.’
    • ‘And for some reason, I kept writing a backslash instead of a forward slash.’
    • ‘But the policeman was extremely nice, he let me pass, explaining in detail the meaning in Canada of the road sign with the green arrow pointing left with a big slash over it.’
    • ‘Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers separated by a slash, like 120 / 80.’
    • ‘Double slashes indicate a large unanalyzed region out of scale with the numbering.’
    forward slash, solidus, oblique stroke, backslash, diagonal, virgule, slant
    solidus, oblique, backslash, diagonal, virgule, slant
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    1. 2.1[mass noun], [usually as modifier] A genre of fiction, chiefly published in fanzines or online, in which characters who appear together in film, television, or other popular media, are portrayed as having a sexual, especially homosexual, relationship:
      ‘this year's sleeper hit is a faithful screen adaptation of Star Trek slash fiction’
      ‘it was my first attempt at writing slash’
      • ‘Their products for sale consisted exclusively of hand-bound photocopied slash fiction booklets.’
      • ‘Is one of the criteria of slash fiction that it is inferior and derivative of the original text?’
      • ‘Some fandoms inspire more slash than others - Lord of the Rings fanfiction is drowning in the stuff, probably because of the near-absence of female characters.’
      • ‘Almost all find writing slash utterly natural, with some seeming slightly perplexed at being asked why they do it.’
      • ‘Second, slash fiction is so similar to mainstream genre romances that it could reasonably be classified as a species of that genus.’
      • ‘I realise that the second quote isn't really about LotR slash - just thought it was worth chucking in as a sweet little thing for the fans out there.’
      • ‘I don't quite understand it when people dismiss slash as purely fan fantasy.’
      • ‘I watch Buffy and Angel, but if Buffy keeps becoming a bad slash fan fic, I'll drop the damn thing.’
      • ‘Like so many things in fandom, slash really began with Star Trek.’
      • ‘In the early years slash was disseminated primarily via fanzines, which were sold by mail order and at fan conventions.’
  • 3British informal An act of urinating:

    ‘Gary went upstairs for a slash’
    • ‘I go to bed about 11pm and wake up about 3am to go for a slash.’
    • ‘They only popped out for a quick slash, and ended up getting hugs and kisses from the nicest man on the planet.’
    • ‘Is it just me or does he look like he's having a slash in the corner of the station and not looking at the map?’
    • ‘Of course, if we were sloshed we'd have to go for a slash.’
  • 4North American [mass noun] Debris resulting from the felling or destruction of trees:

    ‘the mountainsides were strewn with slash’
    • ‘Since officials began aggressively suppressing wildfire, many of Florida's forests have been taken over by slash and loblolly pine.’
    • ‘Adults like fresh stumps, slash, and logging debris.’
    • ‘Some fires smoldered for weeks, burning down through logging slash and the deep soil until they scorched the rocks below.’
    • ‘Trees and slash are left behind in the pursuit of today's profit opportunities, and nothing grows back except weeds.’
    • ‘Bears build wintering dens with logging slash, and mixed-age forests offer nuts and cover.’


  • Used to link alternatives or words denoting or describing a dual (or multiple) function or nature:

    ‘a fashionable theatre-slash-bar-slash-restaurant’
    ‘a model slash actress’
    ‘the most insane-slash-brilliant manoeuvre in the show's history’
    • ‘She can match wits with the best of them, making her the perfect partner-slash-foil for Bond.’
    • ‘The film comes across as a music video slash video game masquerading as an 'arty' thriller.’
    • ‘It was a really cool partnership, because he'd write the scripts and then I kind of acted as the producer slash director to execute them.’
    • ‘The provocative sportscaster-slash-pundit takes on five of the biggest controversies of the day.’
    • ‘The detectives-slash-dimwits in charge of the case don't appreciate the finer points of deductive reasoning.’
    • ‘The singer-slash-actress was up for several awards tonight.’
    • ‘The award for the most daring slash revealing slash ridiculous red carpet outfit of all time goes to McGowan.’
    • ‘He's my lawyer-slash-manager.’
    • ‘So it looks like there's plenty for her to chat about with the longtime political activist slash Hollywood hunk.’
    • ‘Emmanuelle went unfortunately casual slash trashy in tight leather pants and an arm cuff.’
    • ‘Arnold played the prime suspect slash campus security guard.’
    • ‘It's a fun, Instagram-slash-Twitter-slash-Vine version of a dating site.’
    • ‘Erin is all Aussie as the girlfriend slash former student of Felix.’
    • ‘Heard plays a beauty queen slash assassin, Alexa Vega.’
    • ‘It's a good fit for these books, which are set in an alternate modern-day world, but which also manage to give off a Prohibition era-slash-mobster vibe.’
    • ‘The rock star slash vampire slayer in the story was actually an idea for another book.’


Late Middle English: perhaps imitative, or from Old French esclachier break in pieces. The noun dates from the late 16th century.