Main definitions of sling in English

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noun

  • 1A flexible strap or belt used in the form of a loop to support or raise a hanging weight.

    ‘the horse had to be supported by a sling fixed to the roof’
    • ‘There was a bone knife, and a sling made of vines.’
    • ‘Telescopes, gun-bags and slings are coveted air gun accessories.’
    • ‘Leaning against the earth, with the rifle supported by a tight sling, it was easy to hold the crosshairs steady.’
    • ‘All rigging gear, such as slings, shackles, spreaders, and hooks, must be rated for the load that is being lifted.’
    • ‘The problem of having heavy melons hanging off the plants was solved by placing the watermelons in nylon slings with outside support.’
    • ‘I asked for a sling to hoist my daughter from her new electric wheelchair in November 2004.’
    • ‘They often looked unarmed, but they always had a defensive trick hidden away; knife sheathed in their boot, a sling under their belt.’
    • ‘Nefarious tactics such as keeping wet landing nets or weigh slings out of sight might come into play.’
    • ‘From days spent in the field, we've discovered that a ‘non-skid’ patch on the sling is worth its weight in gold.’
    • ‘It was also equipped with a hanging sling for weighing the large fish.’
    • ‘The guard pointed to the sling and bag of pebbles looped onto Rose's belt.’
    • ‘Opening the door, she pulled out a glaive, then took out a sling on a small belt with a pouch of rocks, and more empty pouches.’
    • ‘In between, was the parade swivel, a small metal loop that could be slipped back and forth along the leather to engage the parade hook when the sling was shortened.’
    • ‘Basically, it was a giant seesaw with a heavy weight at one end and a sling with a projectile at the other.’
    • ‘Once he'd finished doing that he unbuckled his belt and fashioned a sling.’
    • ‘My ice axe, tied to my wrist by its nylon sling, was flailing around wildly and every time the snow engulfed me, I choked as it went in my eyes, up my nose and into my ears.’
    • ‘She put the pack on and adjusted it to fit then adjusted the sling on the laser rifle.’
    • ‘On Saturday, workers used a crane with a sling to lift the damaged airliner off the city street and into a hangar for further inspections.’
    • ‘Mr Pritchard said his two injured colleagues were too badly hurt to be lifted by slings into the helicopter and had to remain on board for the rest of the journey.’
    • ‘Adjuster clips allow the sling to be made smaller or larger to fit the mother-to-be as she swells through the stages of pregnancy.’
    1. 1.1 A bandage or soft strap looped round the neck to support an injured arm.
      ‘she had her arm in a sling’
      • ‘She was in a hospital bed, with her face bandaged up on one side and a sling round her arm.’
      • ‘It didn't help his composure any that her face and body were a mass of bruises, and her left arm was in a sling more for pain relief than support.’
      • ‘She also had a bandage, which she used to fashion a sling for Aush's injured arm.’
      • ‘The cookies he tucked into the sling his injured arm rested in.’
      • ‘His upper arm and shoulder had not quite recovered and this meant that along with a cast on his left arm he also had to wear a sling to support the weight, so that they could heal.’
      • ‘Her head was bandaged, her right arm was in a sling over a white blanket and she had what Mohammed thought was a gunshot wound to a leg.’
      • ‘If the cast or splint is on your child's arm, the doctor might give your child a sling to help support it.’
      • ‘After drying and carefully replacing his injured arm in its sling, he heard a knock at the door.’
      • ‘Treatment includes ice, pain medication, a sling for comfort, and early mobilization.’
      • ‘Indeed, Eobhan's right arm was both heavily bandaged and in a sling.’
      • ‘If your leg is in a cast or your arm in a sling, total strangers offer sympathy and assistance.’
      • ‘Neither did he fully realize the identity of the kindred soul who was patiently rearranging the positions of his arm in the sling or giving his injured leg a soft massage.’
      • ‘Liam looked down at his hands, one being pumped with fluids and the other matching the blue sling in color.’
      • ‘Patients should begin with pendulum exercises with the injured arm in the sling.’
      • ‘The next day Tredias' arm was very nearly healed and needed only the support of a sling.’
      • ‘His wrist, still in a cast, and supported by the sling didn't hurt as much.’
      • ‘Mary's four sisters were rushing around as the four nurses: cleaning cuts, setting arms in slings, and bandaging legs.’
      • ‘After I said that Joey appeared before me with his arm bandaged up in a sling.’
      • ‘Mom tells her that she'll have to keep her arm bandaged and in a sling for at least two weeks.’
      • ‘Group 1 fractures are treated conservatively with an arm sling for comfort, even if significant displacement is present.’
      support bandage, support, bandage, strap
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    2. 1.2 A pouch or frame for carrying a baby, supported by a strap round the neck or shoulders.
      ‘a baby sling’
      • ‘A lot of people swear by carrying the baby everywhere in a sling.’
      • ‘Then, as I made phone calls and wrote reports, my contented infant sat close to me in an automatic baby swing, a soothing supplement to the baby sling.’
      • ‘I used to see baby slings all the time in Japan, years ago, but they faded away as too old fashioned.’
      • ‘Baby slings are catching on in countries more used to pushchairs and prams, but are they safe?’
      • ‘My greatest ally in managing a newborn on my own was the baby sling.’
      • ‘It's not that long ago I remember being taunted in the street by building-site workers for carrying a baby in a sling.’
      • ‘But by the 1990s, I saw men proudly wearing their babies in slings, carrying diaper bags and using them with authority.’
      • ‘Their early growing years brought her pure joy, she carried them in a sling, enjoyed their personality differences, the individual likes and dislikes of each girl.’
      • ‘Not only are there dozens of current variations to select from but amazingly, the sling / carry strap continues to evolve.’
      • ‘There are several advantages to using a sling to carry your baby in.’
      • ‘He carried her around in a ridiculous contraption, a sling that held the baby's back to his stomach, so that she hung there in front of him, her head bobbing absurdly.’
      • ‘In winter it helps to have a big coat, so that you can wear the sling and the baby inside of the coat and stay nice and cozy.’
      • ‘Ry has been toted in a baby sling to the bank, where mom has fed him during meetings.’
      • ‘Position your child to hide as much skin as possible - a baby sling can hide even more.’
      • ‘There are women accompanied by teenage sons, or by elderly mothers; young families, with babies in slings; grannies who've brought their grandchildren along in pushchairs.’
      • ‘Babies are carried in a sling on the back or side.’
      • ‘This involves the mother in demand breastfeeding, sleeping with baby and carrying baby round in frontpacks or slings.’
      • ‘Inspired by my ancestors, I donned my baby sling and went to work.’
      • ‘There was a baby in a sling on her back, a brown-haired boy clinging to her hand and skirt, and another, slightly older boy lurking in her shadow.’
      • ‘This morning, walking down the street, I spotted a woman pushing a buggy, with a baby in a sling.’
    3. 1.3 A short length of rope used to provide additional support for the body in abseiling or climbing.
      • ‘I organize the belay, automatically sinking cams and nuts, slings and cordelette equalized and biners locked, before I call ‘Off Belay’ and CD begins to don her shoes.’
      • ‘On March 20 this year, using climbing slings, hooks and chains, he managed to perch on a ledge and unfurl a banner.’
      • ‘Essential supplies carried by the assessors include a survival shelter, 30-metre rope, climbing sling and karabiner, along with the inevitable first aid kit.’
      • ‘He was not using locking biners on his station slings and with him moving around and hitting his gear one of the slings unclipped from his harness and he rested on the other sling.’
      • ‘This adjustable sling rope's breaking strain is 1800 kg.’
      • ‘We assembled all our available rope, slings, hangers and krabs in a large mound on the ground and set about the task of organizing it into a more useful form.’
      • ‘Hexes are generally slung with cord or sewn slings.’
      • ‘After a while we found the chains and clipped in with our slings.’
      • ‘Add the extendable sling, and even cut-outs on the lobes indicating size, and we have a winner.’
      • ‘Unclipping from the sling, I downclimbed a couple of moves to the edge of the slab and then pushed off and ran the pendulum out.’
      • ‘The employee sold him 5 sets of draws with useless long slings, costing approximately $90.’
      • ‘I tried a 2-cam as a directional piece in a concave spot, then wiggled the sling in all directions.’
      • ‘A specialist team abseiled down the quarry with an animal rope sling to rescue border collie Meg after she was spotted on a rock ledge three days after going missing from her Cliviger home.’
      • ‘Sam Carradice and I set off to tackle this equipped with a bolting kit, 25 ft ladder, slings and rope.’
      • ‘A series of slings or ropes were lowered down the front face of the mountain to allow the technicians to lower themselves down the sheer rock face and hide in the crags of the 1,400-foot cliff.’
      • ‘He's got maybe six cams, a set of wires, a tri-cam or three, and eight or ten slings, none of which are used on the first pitch.’
      • ‘After installing the bolt, I clipped it with a short sling to allow the rope to run freely beneath the overhang.’
      • ‘Ropes, cords, slings, harnesses, helmets, rock climbing shoes and boots to make your climb easier, backpacks and clothing suitable for climbing are some of the things you'll need.’
      • ‘‘The evidence of their possession is the rusting pitons, abseil slings and other paraphernalia which adorn the main ridge,’ he said.’
      • ‘The rope can be belayed back to the pinnacle with a sling.’
  • 2A simple weapon in the form of a strap or loop, used to hurl stones or other small missiles.

    ‘700 men armed only with slings’
    • ‘She couldn't loose the stone in her sling because of her speed and the number of obstacles, but she held it in a death grip nevertheless.’
    • ‘By the 14th century counterweighted trebuchets with slings to multiply the force with which the projectile was hurled had reached a high degree of sophistication.’
    • ‘There are those who believe that David didn't kill Goliath with the sling and stone, but merely disabled the giant man with it long enough to behead him - which is possible.’
    • ‘In the past, boys played games emphasizing leadership roles that involved bows and arrows, spears, and slings to teach marksmanship skills.’
    • ‘Men of the armies fought with double-edged swords, battle-axes, lances, slings, and weapons of archery.’
    • ‘Gruelling training timetables included drills with javelins, slings, shields and 18-ft spears.’
    • ‘He holds a stone in his unusually large right hand, in readiness to hurl at Goliath, and a sling in his left hand.’
    • ‘Men do not know how the souls revolve like a stone that is thrown from a sling.’
    • ‘The earliest weapons-clubs, spears, slings, bows, and arrows-typically required wood construction, even if the business end was made of sharpened stone or, at later times, of metal.’
    • ‘To gain some protection by distancing themselves from the dangers of close combat, early fighters used throwing weapons - slings, bows, javelins, and spears.’
    • ‘We will also include a selection of ranged weapons such as bows, crossbows and slings.’
    • ‘She reached for her sling, only to realize that her stones were gone.’
    • ‘In the case of the 1572 explosion, when the white dwarf exploded, the companion star was released from its gravitational influence like a stone being thrown by a sling.’
    • ‘As Goliath advances toward him, David uses his sling to hurl a rock at the giant's face.’
    • ‘A group of men and women advanced cautiously into the clearing, covering the wounded with their slings, blowpipes, and bows.’
    catapult, slingshot
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  • 3NZ Australian informal A bribe or gratuity.

    • ‘She reminds me of when two cricket players admitted taking slings.’
    • ‘In 1995, hundreds of officers at dozens of police stations around metropolitan Melbourne enjoyed a sling from security companies.’
    • ‘Robinson explained the $200 - a sling for a previous win which was handed to him - was given to a licensed trainer.’

verb

  • 1with object and adverbial of place Suspend or arrange (something), especially with a strap or straps, so that it hangs loosely in a particular position.

    ‘a hammock was slung between two trees’
    • ‘Before, I always slung my hammock and undressed before getting into it, but after it I never slung it nor undressed when the ship was at sea.’
    • ‘Bonton wandered over and slung a bag across the saddle on the horse's neck.’
    • ‘It didn't take long to reach her destination… there were three young men at the river already, loading skins with water and slinging them over two horses' backs.’
    • ‘There are hammocks slung outside some of the rooms in the outhouses and some share a kitchen - perfect for those wanting extra privacy.’
    • ‘Several small fires were crackling away and shelters were slung between trees.’
    • ‘Anest slung his saddlebags over the great horse's back, and leapt up into the saddle.’
    • ‘Also, the novel design involving the telescope being slung on the outside of the tower on a pulley meant that it could not be used on windy days as there would be too much vibration.’
    • ‘If you have a couple of large trees, you can sling a hammock between them - a lovely thing to lie in and watch the leaves and the sky.’
    • ‘Becky slung the backpack over her shoulder and mounted the horse.’
    • ‘I can actually sleep in this chair if I want to, but now that Julienne has got the art of the hoist, she slings me in the hoist every night and takes me to bed.’
    • ‘I had my own landing craft, slung on-board the troop ship Glenear, and when we arrived I ferried men to and from the shore with German shells exploding all around me.’
    • ‘They spent the rest of the afternoon constructing a new stretcher, a more solid one, with reinforcing branches for the frame and several layers of vine and rope to sling between the sides of the frame.’
    • ‘Carefully I climbed over the rickety fence, just wooden poles slung between uprights.’
    • ‘She watched as he slung his own bow over his chest and mounted his horse.’
    • ‘A hammock slung between two coconut palms moved gently in time to the sound of the ukulele-playing occupant.’
    • ‘The only drawing that was used was a template of the geometric design of the ceiling roughed out on a plywood boards slung on scaffolding high above the South Transept floor.’
    • ‘She slung the gun on a strap so it would hang across her back while she held her crossbow.’
    hang, suspend, string, dangle, swing, drape
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    1. 1.1 Carry (something, especially a garment) loosely and casually about one's person.
      ‘he had his jacket slung over one shoulder’
      • ‘In one movement she was slung over his shoulder like a sack of grain.’
      • ‘His dirty blond hair grew around at odd angles around his face, and a massive sword, easily his own height, was slung over his back.’
      • ‘Dr. Ramsey laughed and put the last of her files in a backpack that was slung over her shoulder.’
      • ‘Joe had taken off his coat and was carrying it slung over his shoulder.’
      • ‘Mothers carried babies on their backs in colorful folded blankets which were slung over their shoulders.’
      • ‘The net he carried slung over his arm was an old, frazzled one.’
      • ‘Her sword was safely in its jeweled scabbard and was slung over her back.’
      • ‘Goram, of course, arrived at the club with more baggage than merely that which was slung over his shoulder.’
      • ‘Leather bags carrying a copy of the Koran are slung over their shoulders.’
      • ‘Time was when Scottish hill shepherds used to carry a hoggin slung over their shoulders.’
      • ‘A full length leather coat was slung over his shoulders like a cape.’
      • ‘With a mischievous gleam in his eye, he opened a bag he had carried slung over his shoulder and revealed what looked to her like an ancient version of the water balloon.’
      • ‘The tents were down, and the soldiers were packing them into their rucksacks to be slung over their backs.’
      • ‘Chloe had long since fallen asleep, lying down on Caroline's bag, which was slung over her shoulder.’
      • ‘The two blundered into the forest, carrying their belongings slung over their shoulders.’
      • ‘Her long scarlet cloak was slung over a bronze mail shirt that flashed the sunlight.’
      • ‘Chain locks are very strong and solid, but can be very heavy to carry slung over your shoulder.’
      • ‘He carried Misha out with him, still holding the plastic bag and carrying the black case slung over his back.’
      • ‘Carla rolled her eyes and adjusted her backpack, which was slung over her shoulder.’
      • ‘Everybody got out, yawning, Thaddeus still, out of habit, carrying his rifle slung over his shoulder.’
    2. 1.2 Hoist or transfer (something) with a sling.
      ‘horse after horse was slung up from the barges’
      • ‘Each mold filled with a predetermined amount of concrete is slung up fore and aft by the ceiling traveling crane.’
      • ‘The generator set was then slung and moved off the bed of the wagon and into the clear area on the ground.’
  • 2British informal with object and adverbial of direction Casually throw or fling.

    ‘sling a few things into your knapsack’
    • ‘He grinned as he hung his long black coat up and slung his keys on a near by table.’
    • ‘I hung up the phone and slung it across the room just as Ryan walked in.’
    • ‘And it looks like someone got some horse dung and slung it around in the room.’
    • ‘Meanwhile Rhea had been slung against enough rocks and prodded enough with fallen trees dripping into the water to last her a lifetime.’
    • ‘They slung chapattis and dished out dhal with hilarious inaccuracy, but they were volunteers, and already the next sitting was agitating at the door.’
    • ‘Katrina had grabbed her gun holster and strapped it around her hips, slinging her duel pistols into the holster.’
    • ‘There are too many critics who revel in slinging mud and inflicting verbal pain.’
    • ‘Far easier to sling mud from a distance as some seem content to do.’
    • ‘He slung handfuls of gravel at her until she went in the shop.’
    • ‘These people, undoubtedly, have slung mud at their motherland.’
    • ‘That was when his interest in Walsh was first piqued by a disparaging throwaway remark slung across the kitchen table by his mother.’
    • ‘When we sling mud, it's probably in a workshop on making alien pottery.’
    • ‘Near the end of the first half Moynihan slung out a pass to Sean O'Sullivan.’
    • ‘Henrik Larsson accepted a pass from Sutton, slung his cross over Hartson's head and found Stilian Petrov alone at the back post.’
    • ‘When neighbours ask them why they are not in lessons, or complain about the coke cans slung in their gardens, they are answered with foul-mouthed abuse.’
    • ‘They slung their prisoners onto the horses and walked them out into the rising sun.’
    • ‘Chris Sutton had given them hope in the 88th minute when, at the second attempt, he slung the ball over goalkeeper Craig Gordon.’
    • ‘Luckly mom and dad, and I use the term loosely, were no longer slinging the insults any more.’
    • ‘He took Fernet's weapon sacks and the bag of ransom money and slung those on, too, groaning at the weight of them.’
    • ‘He was going to sling me into jail and throw away the key.’
    throw, toss, fling, hurl, cast, pitch, lob, launch, flip, shy, catapult, send flying, let fly with
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    1. 2.1 Hurl (a stone or other missile) from a sling or similar weapon.
      ‘a boulder that was slung from a catapult’
      • ‘I built two real catapults that would sling a 200-pound ball of granite and do it about 300 or 400 yards.’
      • ‘So, is the old 92 design up to slinging a .475 diameter 325-grain bullet at 48,000 psi?’
      • ‘Then you need to cover the hole you made so the ball bearings don't fly out as you sling it.’
      • ‘Thats that kid from across the street slinging ball bearings from his slingshot.’
    2. 2.2sling offNZ, Australian no object Mock; make fun.
      ‘I wasn't slinging off at your religion’
      • ‘There is no use trying to change those radicals who sling off at me and other Aussies who just want to enjoy our country and want to keep our freedom.’
      • ‘Why is it then that there are these damned drop-kicks out there who still pollute the pages of this section slinging off at our PM?’
      • ‘I suppose the bunch who sling off at me would defend him and his mob for breaking our laws!’
  • 3NZ Australian informal no object Pay a bribe or gratuity.

    ‘they didn't forget to sling when the backhanders came in’

Phrases

  • sling beer

    • informal Work as a bartender.

      • ‘Any time left after slinging beer and selling shoes was spent hacking away at her piano.’
      • ‘First there's the feckless bartender Randy, content to sling beer at McCool's until the night that he meets her.’
      • ‘She was slinging beer there at night to support her young son when the bar started offering a commission on beer.’
      • ‘By the age of 17, Pauline started slinging beer in gritty taverns where bands played rock and blues.’
      • ‘Many of you here in Muncie may recognize him as one of the nice people who sling beer at a local bar.’
      • ‘I recognize some of those characters from my days of slinging beer across the bar at Seattle's Blue Moon Tavern.’
      • ‘The urge to go and sling beer in some exotic locale is incredibly strong today.’
      • ‘The owners used to run a legendary rock record label, but now they sling beer instead.’
      • ‘Instead of going back to school I got my old job back at the theatre, cooking pies, slinging beer, and watching movies.’
      • ‘As a bartender you may work in a pub slinging beer and maybe mixing one drink a night or in a high-class cocktail lounge where the shakers never stop.’
  • sling hash (or plates)

    • informal Serve food in a cafe or diner.

      ‘I had to take orders, sling hash, wipe up, and fill the shakers’
      • ‘At a counter you'll find independent folks who enjoy being close to slinging hash, feeling the heat of the grill, and watching the transformation of ingredients from raw state to dinner plate.’
      • ‘The play's driving force is Terry, an alcoholic, out-of-work actor slinging hash at a mob-owned diner.’
      • ‘The final humiliation was finding out that I, as dance director, would be required to sling hash.’
      • ‘If you've been slinging hash at a local dive, pick up some tricks and market yourself as a French chef.’
      • ‘They said, ‘Sure’ - provided she sling hash for them for a month.’
      • ‘Prudie would rather sling hash than be a 37-year-old child.’
      • ‘I still wait tables and sling hash for a living and I'm loving it!’
      • ‘From eight to two I pace the chessboard floor behind the counter, eying plummeting coffee levels, slinging hash, and serving bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwiches, salt, pepper, ketchup, a smile and a pinch of sass.’
  • sling one's hook

    • informal usually in imperativeLeave; go away.

      • ‘The chorus tells us that the snotty girl tells the boy to sling his hook, because he isn't good enough for her.’
      • ‘If they or one of their family members ever needs to use the hospice, they should be told to sling their hook.’
      • ‘Tell him to sling his hook and peddle his conservative tosh somewhere else.’
      • ‘If by chance we should win the National next year I might just sling my hook and let the boy take the licence.’
      • ‘Our future is very much up in the air as they may well come back to us and tell us to sling our hook.’
      • ‘I also imagined that he would sling his hook a year before or a year after this election.’
      • ‘I don't take charity cases, so if your paintings don't sell, you can sling your hook.’
      • ‘At this stage it's not known if they will absorbed into the Carlson Group or told to sling their hook.’
      • ‘But I had no choice, the doddery old so-and-so intercepted me as I reached the stairs and I could hardly turn round and tell him to sling his hook.’
      leave, go, go away, go off, take one's leave, take oneself off, withdraw, absent oneself, say one's goodbyes, quit, make an exit, exit, break camp, decamp, retreat, beat a retreat, retire
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  • slings and arrows

    • Used with reference to adverse factors or circumstances.

      ‘the slings and arrows of outrageous critics’
      • ‘But the majority of social spending goes to senior citizens who are retired from the work force; their exposure to the slings and arrows of foreign competition is nil.’
      • ‘But these days, there seems to be more mileage in bailing out, gracefully, if possible, and sparing yourself the media's slings and arrows.’
      • ‘In between, of course, came an arsenal of slings and arrows.’
      • ‘Richard and his friends, he reminds us constantly, are wealthy, beautiful, aloof from the slings and arrows of dowdiness and paying bills and slogging it out in monotonous jobs.’
      • ‘So far my ship has successfully navigated the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.’
      • ‘Does the above general definition of this all-important institution of higher learning, to distastefully paraphrase William Shakespeare, suffer from the slings and arrows of outrageous idealism?’
      • ‘Thirteen years later, the band has survived continual line-up and label changes, weathered the slings and arrows of litigation and ignorance, and all the while managed to further create and define a unique sound.’
      • ‘But Ross is used to Establishment slings and arrows.’
      • ‘Perhaps people just think that they have no control over the slings and arrows of outrageous economic effects so they're just going to take the goodies while they can.’
      • ‘He is a man possessed by his calling, a savant given to seeking refuge in his own mind from the slings and arrows of life in the 16th century.’

Origin

Middle English: probably from Low German, of symbolic origin; compare with German Schlinge ‘noose, snare’. sling (sense 2 of the verb) is from Old Norse slyngva.

Pronunciation

sling

/slɪŋ/

Main definitions of sling in English

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sling2

noun

  • A sweetened drink of spirits, especially gin, and water.

    • ‘The Singapore Sling really did originate in Singapore, and was thought to be a drink for the ladies because it was pink.’
    • ‘They based this sweet-tart concoction on the classic Singapore sling, replacing the traditional cherry brandy with a sour-cherry syrup.’
    • ‘In the capital, clubbers drink Kabul slings and canned Russian beer.’
    • ‘What is known is it was once considered a specific type of mixed drink among many others, including flips, crustas, swizzles and bittered slings.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

sling

/slɪŋ/