Definition of slog in English:



  • 1[no object] Work hard over a period of time.

    ‘they were slogging away to meet a deadline’
    • ‘So while I slog through my day-to-day drudgeries, he is cavorting on the Champs-Elysées and decadently nibbling pain au chocolat on the Rive Gauche.’
    • ‘The bosses and their staff who have slogged so hard to keep the company going in its more difficult moments will no doubt be cheered by this news.’
    • ‘My thoughts are with the families of the admin assistants and cleaners killed in the towers who slog away for minimum wage.’
    • ‘Besides, starring in a film is surely more fun than slogging through an English degree.’
    • ‘Even through all of today's travails, even as I was slogging through my workout, there was this little glow of contentment inside me that nothing could extinguish.’
    • ‘In other news, I am slogging through yet another round of revisions on my book and taking basement-cleaning breaks.’
    • ‘Clare did not ‘start from nothing’ but, after taking a degree in applied maths from Edinburgh, he learnt his trade the hard way, slogging around newsagents in Bradford trying to flog them Mars bars.’
    • ‘I slog through long hard days and endure endless subway rides home.’
    • ‘The contractual lecturers have been slogging for years not only for monetary benefits but also for gaining experience as it has become a much sought after criteria for selection and placements in organizations.’
    • ‘Contrast this with the fact that the old lady who comes to work at my place is usually accompanied by her daughter, that is when she doesn't have to slog as a labourer to feed her family.’
    • ‘I was slogging away on a planned submission to an academic journal tonight, my first - deadline yesterday - when just a minute ago I popped on to its website and discovered submissions have been extended to November 20!’
    • ‘Dilbert fans can now rejoice with the publication of four new books showing the zany character slogging away under the never - ending onslaught of corporate culture.’
    • ‘‘Oh man, it's hard work slogging through all this data,’ he said to Judy as she looked up at’
    • ‘For accountants, working Saturdays is a tax-season tradition, a rite of spring as they slog through IRS forms and race to meet deadlines.’
    • ‘Men in hard hats operating diggers are slogging over the summer to clear up the contaminated field in time for the start of the new term, in a project costing £500,000.’
    • ‘Despite years slogging away in a business that's all about rejection and back-breaking work, the 31-year-old refuses to hide behind a brittle outer shell.’
    • ‘We live in an imperfect democracy where people can still persuade business and government, if they slog long enough and hard enough.’
    • ‘Don't get too irked at me for not mentioning this until after making you slog through all my instructions on building policies the hard way.’
    • ‘The reader who slogs through the article, without assuming that it documents what it purports to, will learn.’
    • ‘I can't blame them; it cannot be a very fulfilling way to spend your time, slogging between the fry machine and the shake machine while the customers are looking daggers at you because their order is taking forever.’
    work hard, toil, labour, work one's fingers to the bone, work like a trojan, work like a dog, work day and night, exert oneself, keep at it, keep one's nose to the grindstone, grind, slave, grub, plough, plod, peg
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    1. 1.1[with adverbial of direction]Walk or move with difficulty or effort.
      ‘I slogged through the heather in the heat’
      • ‘Mountaineering - even if it's only a means to set up for a fast alpine ascent - often entails slogging under heavy loads for numerous days.’
      • ‘While in the bush, slogging down muddied roads, admittedly, I didn't feel like a soldier; however with the sounds of choppers and machine-gun fire being the background noise, often it was like we had been transposed to Iraq.’
      • ‘We were slogging through this snowstorm, somewhere north of Lake Superior, and I mean we were really slogging - I mean, at one point, a wolf walked across the highway in front of us.’
      • ‘Half-an-hour later, after slogging through boot-sucking mud, we arrived at a small stream.’
      • ‘With difficulty, he slogged toward the door we entered from.’
      • ‘Strolling along promenades, scrambling over train tracks, slogging through underbrush, squeezing through holes in chain-link fences, Lopate hugs the water's edge as much as possible.’
      • ‘I wiped the sweat away and slogged on up the trail that climbed the summer-shocked hillside toward the treeline.’
      • ‘Having to make a difficult choice I opted for the runners run and slogged up the first of several steep inclines.’
      • ‘Throughout the day staff had to run for 5 minutes on the ‘stepper’ on the hardest level, slog for miles on the treadmill and a variety of other strenuous tasks.’
      • ‘I struggled forward until I was walking, and slogged through the liquid ice to the shore.’
      • ‘The rugged terrain to be negotiated and the 32-km distance to be slogged from Eravikulam hut to Konalar fishing hut at a lower altitude of 1,889 m made the members sweat out in just five hours.’
      • ‘We're following along behind them, slogging along.’
      • ‘Eschewing the traditional end-of-term merriment the night before, slogging through the mud can hardly compare to bopping in the pub.’
      • ‘Mauldin's Willie and Joe, infantrymen who survived on a diet of ironic humor, were dirty and unshaven, slogging through mud and snow and sleeping in foxholes filled with water.’
      • ‘Like most Tour de France books, this one has terrific photos: close-ups of cyclists slogging their way up steep hills, or more picturesque shots of the peloton winding its way through mountain ranges.’
      • ‘I did it, but it was like slogging through an oven.’
      • ‘I'm getting more used to walking and have nearly overcome the feeling of slogging through mud as I walk and visualizing a lumbering elephant with each step, but I still don't like it.’
      • ‘You're slogging through the mud every step of the way.’
      • ‘The more ‘accessible’ southern approach requires slogging 40 roadless miles up the Baltoro Glacier in northern Pakistan.’
      • ‘You could be sitting there in absolutely untenable conditions, in water that is filled with disease and germs for months to come, walking through it, slogging through it.’
      • ‘Red-cheeked and panting in the thin air, she was slogging up a grassy mountainside in eastern Tibet, fuming at me while coaxing along a small white horse that carried our baggage.’
      trudge, tramp, traipse, toil, plod, trek, footslog, drag oneself
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  • 2[with object] Hit (someone or something) forcefully and typically wildly, especially in boxing or cricket.

    ‘batsmen careering down the pitch to slog the ball up in the air’
    • ‘And he doesn't play for a glamorous Premiership team but slogs it out for second division Stockport County.’
    • ‘He took a deep breath and slogged his drive a mile to the right.’
    • ‘Harbhajan looped in an off-break to Asim Kamal who went down on one knee to slog him over midwicket.’
    • ‘By contrast, England have slogged their way through virtually every competitive game they have played under Eriksson.’
    • ‘Much of the first half was slogged out in the middle third of the pitch, with neither keeper having much to do.’
    • ‘Pressing teams can have a tougher time squeezing out turnovers, and running teams can by slowed by slogging opponents.’
    • ‘After slogging Lee for six, he tries to repeat the trick, but mistimes it straight to Katich at deep midwicket.’
    • ‘The pitch is still good with pace and bounce and in this era of lower order batsmen rather than slogging tail-enders, 31 was not a daunting challenge.’
    • ‘Pietersen slogged him a couple of times but could not get going, his nascent test average thus dropped from 96 to only 70.’
    • ‘Let's hope his public can be spared the sad, all too familiar sight of a once great former champion slogging his way round the circuit trying to recapture past glories.’
    • ‘The burly left-hander and former England one-day player has just been given the captaincy so to slog the left arm spin of Gary Keedy to long-on was nothing less than irresponsible.’
    • ‘England began the final over needing 12, and Hussain slogged Williams' second ball over extra cover for four, but just three singles came from the next three balls and Key was left with the task of hitting the final delivery for six.’
    • ‘Watching a park cricketer routinely count to four, then plonk his foot towards the square-leg umpire and slog his way to a ton is not.’
    • ‘Warne's only victim yesterday - right-hander Tillakaratne Dilshan - slogged a catch to Michael Kasprowicz at mid-on.’
    • ‘This was because they had tried to slog the ball around and had got out.’
    • ‘Lyons opposes any plans to introduce a system of ‘pay for play’, but he wants to see a rewards system introduced for the players who slog their guts out all season long.’
    • ‘You passed the ball to your team-mates, and slogged your guts out for ninety minutes upwards?’
    • ‘As was their usual practice after the run the team did a set of ten ‘stryders’ or short one hundred meter bursts leading up to faster than race pace and then slogged their way through a final mile and half cool down.’
    • ‘But Williams slogged his way through the next two to clinch a third-round berth against Scotland's Chris Small.’
    hit, strike, thump, punch, cuff, smack, thwack, box someone's ears
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    1. 2.1British Fight or compete fiercely.
      ‘they'll be slogging it out in the first round of the cup next Sunday’
      • ‘Yet while other ministers and MPs have been taking a long break, they have been slogging it out for much of the summer on the campaign trail.’
      • ‘Forty-six dancers have been slogging it out for months to fine tune their act with Mardi Gras promotions this Sunday, April 18.’
      • ‘Most comics are still slogging it out in Edinburgh.’
      • ‘The Daily Telegraph's Scottish political editor, is used to slogging it out with the political heavyweights.’
      • ‘At least the diary section of the site is still a good laugh, where you can read about Lucy slogging it out in crap clubs in Stockport and Dundee in an effort to place her single this week.’
      • ‘We ended up slogging it out in the corridor outside the French labs.’
      • ‘It's summer, or so they'd have us believe, so take some time out, wrap up well and just sit and enjoy your garden instead of slogging it out.’
      • ‘I'm sure they were slogging it out like we were at around the same time.’
      • ‘Not so long ago these two great Scots on the make were slinging mud at one another in The Spectator, slogging it out over who is the best looking.’
      • ‘Within Heaney's writing, the civic and the ancient have always slogged it out, and this magnificent translation is no exception.’
      • ‘He trained at RADA and slogged it out in theatre all over the country before being spotted by the Royal Shakespeare Company.’
      • ‘He has worked very hard to make his way in the party, making his name by slogging it out in opposition rather than being mentored or having union connections to smooth his path.’
      • ‘The Nineties price war was like the First World War - you were slogging it out for minuscule movements of market share.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And it's better than slogging it out for five years and then hating the person.’
      • ‘His company makes the rival whiskey which slogs it out for the hearts of the southern drinker.’
      • ‘He stopped attending the sessions and the couple slogged it out in court instead.’
      • ‘Last week, instead of the normal amiable discussion, the guests slogged it out over the continuing circulation battle between Scotland's two major broadsheet newspapers.’
      • ‘But then his stamina gave out after two and a half miles, and rather than dent his confidence by slogging it out for another half mile, tired and drained, he very sensibly pulled him up.’
      • ‘We all have our little vices, and mine don't happen to include standing in smoke-filled rooms peering at screens as faraway horses with strange sounding names slog it out in the 3.30 at Johannesburg.’


  • 1[usually in singular] A spell of difficult, tiring work or travelling.

    ‘it would be a hard slog back to the camp’
    [mass noun] ‘it wasn't all slog during those years’
    • ‘It is a hard slog but Solomon is determined to make it to the top.’
    • ‘‘It's hard, work, a hard slog and I wish you the best of luck,’ said Mr Miller.’
    • ‘It has been a hard slog for educationally ambitious single mothers receiving public assistance since welfare was reformed in 1996.’
    • ‘During the earlier part of a band's career, this is a hard slog, with lots of frustrating phone calls and unreturned messages.’
    • ‘‘It is marvellous to see something like this coming together after so many years of a hard slog,’ she said.’
    • ‘The pitch stood up well considering the state it had been in one week earlier, but the wet and cloying conditions did little to lift the match above the level of a hard slog.’
    • ‘Don't worry about the first chapter which, whilst beautiful, does make it seem like it's going to be a bit of a hard slog.’
    • ‘It was a hard slog and I just never got really comfortable.’
    • ‘I know a lot of you are doing stuff together, but it's a hard slog to find out what.’
    • ‘His rise to prominence, culminating at this year's French Open where he reached his first Grand Slam semifinal, has been a hard slog.’
    • ‘It's been a bit of a hard slog and anyone who says I haven't paid my dues can lump it.’
    • ‘It really has been a hard slog but seeing all these people here today it has been well worth it.’
    • ‘‘Getting the debate on an even keel will be a hard slog,’ he said.’
    • ‘It was a less than impressive start to a hard slog ahead.’
    • ‘It has been a hard slog to the top, making my way through mind-numbing local radio interviews and writing for nothing; never did I imagine that I would hit such exalted heights.’
    • ‘But if the polls are right, she has a fair chance of finding out at first hand whether being first lady is a hard slog.’
    • ‘I'm working with you everyday to get those chubby legs of yours to assume more responsibility, but this is a hard slog as your are so very stubborn.’
    • ‘At the beginning, both Regina and Maria felt it was a hard slog.’
    • ‘It is a hard slog, that is trying at the best of times and wrenching and torturous and terrifying most of the time.’
    • ‘Slowly our health returns and the next seven days, while being a hard slog, go relatively smoothly.’
    • ‘It's certainly been a hard slog but I think any experience, especially bad ones, usually benefit you long-term.’
    hard work, toil, toiling, labour, struggle, effort, exertion, grind, blood, sweat, and tears, drudgery
    trudge, tramp, traipse, plod, trek, footslog
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  • 2A forceful and uncontrolled hit, especially in cricket.

    ‘a slog hit the fielder on the helmet’
    • ‘In fact, I think my last hundred came in 66 balls, so my game plan by then was ‘block block slog, block block slog.’’
    • ‘I thought maybe I could have a chance and a couple of slogs would get me there.’
    • ‘So it has been nearly two and a half years since Kaif contributed any sort of a decent slog.’
    • ‘Batting doesn't take a lot of mastering and, once you have, you can have a good slog at the fielding sides' expense, turning the game into a foregone conclusion (if you're playing solo).’
    • ‘Next ball, as if vindictively, he reverted to a hideous, shameless cross-batted slog near midwicket for six.’
    • ‘What annoys me a bit about the comments afterwards, though, have been the ones saying that the rest of my wickets were slogs in the air.’
    • ‘A couple of slogs by Sami then happened and he was caught plumb in front by Kumble.’
    • ‘Bichel went to tea on 45 not out with a series of arrow-straight slogs, and brought up his maiden Test fifty straight after tea with a driven single off Banks.’
    • ‘It is a batsman's game with bowlers happy if they can avoid being hit into kingdom come and it is surprising how many of the big boundary blows are the result of proper strokes rather than ungainly slogs.’
    • ‘And that was at a time when even county matches, now bereft of crowds unless they are one-day slogs, had good attendance figures.’
    • ‘Kumble went round the wicket to bring the ugly miscued, sliced slog to mid-off's hands into play.’
    • ‘Barring the minnows Namibia and Holland, Pakistan have failed to get a worthwhile start, and with few wickets preserved till the so-called slog overs, no wonder Shoaib Akhtar has been their best batsman.’
    • ‘But it's also a case of settling into your role in the side. Gary used to drop anchor for us at one end; Allan would be the one we called upon to break partnerships, or bowl in the slog overs in one-day games.’
    • ‘He had been ordered out of the attack after he bowled two beamers in an over during the slog.’
    • ‘There are none of the ugly slogs over midwicket or nicks flying through thirdman for four or over fineleg for six.’
    • ‘The pitch wasn't great and there were a few slogs from me but a few good shots as well.’
    • ‘Wides and no-balls were matched even by heaves and slogs, and on another day, India could have easily been reduced to 25 for 4 with a similar approach.’
    • ‘The narrow Craven Park pitch is notoriously boggy and Simms knows Salford could be in for a stamina-sapping slog.’
    • ‘I've got past my horrendous slog in the first innings, so we'll be trying hard.’
    • ‘With more attention and focus to his bowling he could become a truly formidable international cricketer, secure in the knowledge that he has more to offer than just the slog.’


Early 19th century: of unknown origin; compare with slug.