Main definitions of slash in English

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verb

[with object]
  • 1Cut with a wide, sweeping movement, typically using a knife or sword.

    ‘for what felt like hours we climbed behind the trackers slashing the undergrowth ahead’
    ‘a tyre was slashed on my car’
    no object ‘the man slashed at him with a sword’
    • ‘‘Your skills could use improvement,’ said Charles as he lifted his sword and slashed at my leg.’
    • ‘He whipped out his swords and slashed at it before it could get its bearings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As Haruka followed, Jeff drew a short sword and slashed at his former son.’
    • ‘I realised it was a knife when they slashed my wrist with it.’
    • ‘As they pushed against each other's arm against the other, Marcus raised his sword and slashed at the lizard.’
    • ‘She pulled a knife and slashed at the angelic face before her.’
    • ‘AN 18-year-old woman who threatened a police officer with a kitchen knife began to slash her own wrists with the weapon.’
    • ‘I drew my sword and slashed at all the enemies in my way as I ran to the top.’
    • ‘Frantic, the intruder, drew his sword and slashed at the cyborg's feet, easily slicing through its ankles.’
    • ‘Risaku unsheathed his sword and slashed at the hand.’
    • ‘As soon as he stepped into the galley, I kicked the sword out of his hand and slashed at him with my knife.’
    • ‘I did the only thing I could think of at the time; I took my sword and slashed at the arm with amazing force.’
    • ‘Kale pulled out his sword and slashed at the operative, slicing Lance's arm across the shoulder before kicking him out of the way.’
    • ‘We hacked and slashed our way through the forest until we reached a huge opening.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Professor Davis' leather jacket had been slashed at the back, about kidney height.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He drew his sword and slashed at the wall, which came apart instantly.’
    cut, cut open, 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’
      • ‘He would have to slash his prices in half and create a branded line of three complementary products in order to get the deal.’
      • ‘Every European government is slashing public spending and cutting welfare provisions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many bargain hunters are finding great deals as businesses slash prices and offer incentives to boost sales.’
      • ‘Football analysts predict that this will slash the price of broadcasting rights by several hundred millions.’
      • ‘Part of that drawdown will come from tech companies slashing prices.’
      • ‘A vicious cycle emerges where prices are slashed and producers try to out-discount each other.’
      • ‘Prices were slashed in some parts of the country, and many builders went bankrupt.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In October 2000 50 positions were slashed at the company's bases in Melksham and Trowbridge as bosses attempted to balance the books.’
      • ‘His policies included slashing social spending, cutting taxes for high-income earners and dismantling welfare and education entitlements.’
      • ‘In addition, the recent surge in productivity is encouraging the efficient to slash prices, forcing rivals to match their discounts or lose share.’
      • ‘That would slash prices to consumers - and also save insurers hundreds of millions of dollars because they would no longer foot the bill.’
      • ‘Forty years ago today the notorious Beeching plan to slash 2,363 rail stations and 5,000 miles of track nationwide, was unveiled.’
      • ‘Companies are cutting back jobs and slashing pensions.’
      • ‘And because this simple process was less expensive, he could slash his price.’
      • ‘However, it recently slashed the price of the games machine to €299.’
      • ‘UK retailers slashed the prices of summer clothing’
      • ‘And suppliers are again being pushed hard to slash prices.’
      • ‘Since then, health officials have been tirelessly working to slash the conception rate among schoolgirls.’
      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!’
    • ‘An ice-cream vendor severely slashed a Bangkok dentist with a small sword after accusing him of pulling the wrong tooth, police said yesterday.’
    • ‘He picked up the whip he had slashed him with, happy to have sustained the damage to his ribs and leg.’
    • ‘She whipped through them, slashing them with her sword.’
    • ‘Kyana did not let him finish the sentence; she snapped the whip, slashing him across the chest.’
    1. 2.1 Crack (a whip)
      ‘he slashed his whip so near the horse that the creature was frightened’
      • ‘The tables turned and now the invisible was in defense, though every now and then it whipped its tail or slashed its claws.’
      • ‘She said it with a finger poised on her bottom lip as she began thinking about slashing her whip.’
      • ‘Fuzen slashed the whip at Rowan, which wrapped around his wrist.’
      • ‘With a rush of strength she slashed the whip across the harnessed mule's haunches.’
    2. 2.2 Criticize severely.
      ‘it was Lewes who had slashed the book’
      • ‘In this book, the irreverent British art critic slashes his way through the New York art scene from the 1960s to recent times.’
      • ‘How could I not slash this movie?’
      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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noun

  • 1A wide, sweeping stroke made with a knife or sword.

    ‘the man took a mighty slash at his head with a large sword’
    • ‘The slash caught Locke from his left cheek in a diagonal line to his forehead.’
    • ‘Her attacks went from the hard motions to indifferent slashes.’
    • ‘Beltraw rights himself, and throws a punch at Daniel, then turns and blocks a slash from Simon.’
    • ‘Haslette had to jump because of the slashes Nicolini kept sending at his feet.’
    • ‘I caught the slash on the blade pressed against my wrist.’
    • ‘She began to parry and dodge their blazing fast attacks, but she was clearly outmatched and succumbed to their slashes and blows.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He cut down the closest two with a single slash, cutting both in half.’
    • ‘Cameron faced a slash head-on, then stepped back as one claw went for his eyes.’
    • ‘With a quick slash, he caught him on the shoulder blade leaving a deep gash.’
    • ‘In a swift series of slashes, he turned the giant tree into a large pile of wood.’
    • ‘His chest soaked in blood from the bullet wounds and the sword slashes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With his free hand, Ocsillatornis tried to break Pete's legs with a single slash.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That's done quickly, brutally, the maw rising and falling in quick slashes and dumping the mud to the side.’
    • ‘The slash on his chest and leg are too wide and deep to be inflicted by man.’
    blow, stroke
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    1. 1.1 A long, deep cut made by a knife or sword.
      ‘he staggered over with a crimson slash across his temple’
      • ‘We're pretty sure it was cut, not torn up by the dogs or something, because the slashes were clean and straight.’
      • ‘It had carvings that looked like slashes down all sides of its tough structure.’
      • ‘The flesh had been chewed away at one hand leaving a mighty slash down his palm.’
      • ‘Gently licking, she cleans the four slashes slow and methodically.’
      • ‘She caught a couple of slashes from the knife in her legs, but she kept running out of blind fear and shock.’
      • ‘Callum looked down at the slashes on Seth's thighs.’
      • ‘Add the chicken to the marinade and rub the marinade into the slashes with your fingertips.’
      • ‘Pushing her black hair out of her face, she caught a glimpse of the ruby-red slash across her right forearm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I winced in pain as the cold wind blew sand through the slash.’
      • ‘As the blood pumped into the patient's facial flesh, Asclepius proceeded to start cleaning the slashes on Zach's chest.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has ten slashes from what looks to be thick rope.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Both were covered by numerous cuts, slashes and puncture wounds on their legs, arms and faces.’
      • ‘She was taken to Basildon Hospital with slashes to her eye and deep cuts to her upper lip.’
      • ‘No gouges, slashes, holes, wounds, cuts, not so much as a scrape.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The dress was royal blue with a diagonal slash of diamantés.’
      • ‘Her black hair was slicked down, her mouth a cruel slash of red lipstick.’
      • ‘The surface of the suspension became matt, a painted slash of colour against the grey rock, as microfine tremors shot through it.’
      • ‘Their boots were buffed into black mirrors, the red bands around their caps looked like slashes of blood against the khaki.’
      • ‘Where a giant tree falls, a slash of light is introduced into the previously darkened forest.’
      • ‘The silver slash of Loch Voil in the distance formed a foreground to layers of mountain slopes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He takes in her dark brown hair, badly cut, and over pale face accentuated by a shocking slash of vibrant red mouth.’
      • ‘There is a slash of purple, a flash of red, someone cries out…’
      • ‘One a bright red with black slashes, tall, but the shortest out of the three.’
      • ‘Get in tough with your inner siren and go for high-octane glamour: think sequins, heels and a slash of red lipstick’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This piece, from 1992, is a meeting of blue and gold planes framed by frantic green and orange slashes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thunder rumbled again, accompanied by a slash of lightning which lit up the sky for an instant.’
      • ‘Old ladies with still - good cheekbones, groomed swept-up hair and a slash of red lipstick are everywhere.’
      • ‘The only colour is a slash of peony red on their lips.’
      • ‘There's such a contrast between the white lining of the underwing, and the small slash of white in the upperwing.’
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And for some reason, I kept writing a backslash instead of a forward slash.’
    • ‘By the way, anything in italics between slashes are thoughts from now on.’
    • ‘So computer scientists had to improvise by borrowing the asterisk for multiplication and the forward slash for division.’
    • ‘All Unix directories are separated by forward slashes.’
    • ‘The slashes in Caxton's text were an experiment in punctuation, and are roughly equivalent to commas.’
    • ‘Just get rid of the spaces after the dots and slashes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I joined the two together separated by a slash as a compromise on the first gig poster, and it stuck.’
    • ‘Brackets and slashes all over the place - we might have had too much to say.’
    • ‘Sorry for all the forward slashes; I was trying to take into account all eventualities.’
    • ‘In addition, it replaces file path back slashes with forward slashes and does many other things.’
    • ‘Remember to include the trailing slash when invoking custom actions.’
    • ‘Double slashes indicate a large unanalyzed region out of scale with the numbering.’
    • ‘Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers separated by a slash, like 120 / 80.’
    • ‘At each node, the optimal distribution is given with alternative equally optimal distributions separated with a forward 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One stylistic tic Macklin practices in many poems is the refusal to choose the precise word she wants, yoking alternatives with a slash.’
    • ‘The names of the alleles involved in these gene conversion/recombination events are separated by a slash.’
    solidus, oblique, backslash, diagonal, virgule, slant
    forward slash, solidus, oblique stroke, backslash, diagonal, virgule, slant
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    1. 2.1mass 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Second, slash fiction is so similar to mainstream genre romances that it could reasonably be classified as a species of that genus.’
      • ‘Is one of the criteria of slash fiction that it is inferior and derivative of the original text?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Almost all find writing slash utterly natural, with some seeming slightly perplexed at being asked why they do it.’
      • ‘Their products for sale consisted exclusively of hand-bound photocopied slash fiction booklets.’
      • ‘In the early years slash was disseminated primarily via fanzines, which were sold by mail order and at fan conventions.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘They only popped out for a quick slash, and ended up getting hugs and kisses from the nicest man on the planet.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘Trees and slash are left behind in the pursuit of today's profit opportunities, and nothing grows back except weeds.’
    • ‘Some fires smoldered for weeks, burning down through logging slash and the deep soil until they scorched the rocks below.’
    • ‘Bears build wintering dens with logging slash, and mixed-age forests offer nuts and cover.’
    • ‘Adults like fresh stumps, slash, and logging debris.’
    • ‘Since officials began aggressively suppressing wildfire, many of Florida's forests have been taken over by slash and loblolly pine.’

conjunction

informal
  • 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’
    • ‘The singer-slash-actress was up for several awards tonight.’
    • ‘It's a fun, Instagram-slash-Twitter-slash-Vine version of a dating site.’
    • ‘Emmanuelle went unfortunately casual slash trashy in tight leather pants and an arm cuff.’
    • ‘The provocative sportscaster-slash-pundit takes on five of the biggest controversies of the day.’
    • ‘She can match wits with the best of them, making her the perfect partner-slash-foil for Bond.’
    • ‘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 film comes across as a music video slash video game masquerading as an 'arty' thriller.’
    • ‘Erin is all Aussie as the girlfriend slash former student of Felix.’
    • ‘So it looks like there's plenty for her to chat about with the longtime political activist slash Hollywood hunk.’
    • ‘Arnold played the prime suspect slash campus security guard.’
    • ‘Heard plays a beauty queen slash assassin, Alexa Vega.’
    • ‘The detectives-slash-dimwits in charge of the case don't appreciate the finer points of deductive reasoning.’
    • ‘He's my lawyer-slash-manager.’
    • ‘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 award for the most daring slash revealing slash ridiculous red carpet outfit of all time goes to McGowan.’
    • ‘The rock star slash vampire slayer in the story was actually an idea for another book.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

slash

/slaʃ/

Main definitions of slash in English

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noun

US
  • A tract of swampy ground, especially in a coastal region.

    • ‘The Goose Hill ridges are separated by slashes of the extensive marsh, lying north and east of them, named Goose Hill marsh.’
    • ‘Slash Pine is named after the "slashes" – swampy ground overgrown with trees and bushes – that constitute its habitat.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation

slash

/slaʃ/