Definition of slings and arrows in English:

slings and arrows

phrase

  • Used with reference to adverse factors or circumstances.

    ‘the slings and arrows of outrageous critics’
    • ‘But Ross is used to Establishment slings and arrows.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In between, of course, came an arsenal of slings and arrows.’
    • ‘So far my ship has successfully navigated the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.’