Main definitions of sledge in English

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sledge1

noun

  • 1A vehicle on runners for conveying loads or passengers over snow or ice, often pulled by draft animals.

    • ‘The competitors who travel by foot and skis pulling sledges with supplies, will cover over 350 miles in four stages from Resolute Bay, Canada, to the North Magnetic Pole.’
    • ‘She has had to pull a 60 lb sledge across 200 miles in sub zero temperatures.’
    • ‘Scott himself, with Shackleton, made a sledge journey to beyond 82 degrees south in 1902.’
    • ‘Led by accomplished Polar explorer Jim McNeill, the group will pull sledges weighing up to 250 lb for up to 10 hours a day 210 miles to the Magnetic Pole.’
    • ‘All in all this car is probably safer than the estate we drive around in normally, which in comparison handles like a tractor pulling a sledge full of sand.’
    • ‘He crawled, hands and knees, for two miles pulling a loaded sledge.’
    • ‘During their historic trek across the constantly moving ocean the women first pulled their 250 lb sledges of food and equipment over house-sized pressure ridges of ice and sat out blizzards.’
    • ‘In winter, teams of horses dragged sledges loaded with cut logs across frozen lakes.’
    • ‘A lot of people were in the bar watching our sledge trains come around over the sea ice as we pulled up at the field store hangar.’
    • ‘The women have pulled 250 lb sledges packed with food and equipment across the Arctic ice.’
    • ‘In actual fact it was just a steep incline without any dangers from crevasses, but the incline was too much for the skidoos to pull the two heavy sledges, now laden with many fossil and rock samples.’
    • ‘When Scott ordered the last of the dog teams back to base camp, the men pulled their heavy sledges themselves using man-harnesses.’
    • ‘To prepare she spent days pulling a loaded sledge along the beach.’
    • ‘The Manchester University academic and a pal are heading to the Greenland Icecap on sledges pulled by giant kites.’
    • ‘The fishermen load the sledge with their catch, and then lean on the crossbars, scooting the mud horse over the flats that would otherwise drag them down.’
    • ‘This is then taken to sledges, which are pulled by oxen.’
    • ‘Perhaps more importantly, he was one of the few British polar expedition members who appreciated the value of using dogs to haul sledges.’
    • ‘The whaling ship Terra Nova sailed from New Zealand in November 1910 and the expedition set off from base the following October, with mechanical sledges, ponies and dogs.’
    • ‘In 1901, Robert Scott left London and took a team with dogs and sledges across part of Antarctica, and many important discoveries were made.’
    • ‘The four adult and two baby animals will travel down from their home in the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland to pull the sledge, laden with toys, around town.’
    toboggan, bobsleigh, sleigh
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    1. 1.1 A small lightweight vehicle, either on runners or having a smooth bottom surface, used for sliding downhill over snow or ice; a sled.
      • ‘Tea trays, as we all know are ten times better than any sledge or toboggan you can buy in the shops, and have the added advantage of being useful as giant frisbees when the snow melts.’
      • ‘At one stage our sledges went over a small crevasse, the runners gliding silently over a snow-covered gap that opened up underneath it.’
      • ‘Children across York and North Yorkshire reached for their sledges yesterday as a dusting of snow transformed much of the county into a winter wonderland.’
      • ‘We walked over to the sledge ride and that's when the armband came in.’
      • ‘We discovered that as we had gotten older, we'd gotten taller and larger to the point that sitting on a sledge tends to make it sink into the snow rather than fly screaming towards the trees at the bottom.’
      toboggan, bobsleigh, sleigh
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Carry (a load or passengers) on a sledge.

    ‘the task of sledging lifeboats across tundra’
    • ‘All the material for the house had to be sledged up the hill by horse.’
    • ‘That afternoon we made our expedition sledging flags.’
    • ‘Another was sledged almost halfway up Mount Taranaki, to provide accommodation for visitors.’
    1. 1.1British no object Travel or slide downhill over snow on a sled.
      ‘they sledged down the slopes in the frozen snow’
      ‘children built snowmen and went sledging’
      • ‘My opinion changed when my daughter suffered a bad head injury after she sledged into a wall.’
      • ‘Surprisingly for a sunny Sunday there were very few visitors to the mountains however a few families were sledging on the slopes or walking through the forest using snow shoes.’
      • ‘This is the first time they have been sledging.’
      • ‘Last week, I wrote to Santa asking him to send us a White Christmas so that I could take my grandchildren sledging.’
      • ‘Locals make use of this small hill in Merseyside to go sledging in the snow.’
      • ‘We passed plenty of families with the same idea, sledging down the slopes near the car park.’
      • ‘The team of athletes from the South Pacific island couldn't hide their delight as they went sledging on the slopes of Braehead's Snow Factor.’
      • ‘When the snow came, we went sledging under a full moon.’
      • ‘We have a family anecdote about either me or my brother sledging over the edge of the car park and down into the path of the traffic on the main road below.’
      • ‘Youngsters had a great time sledging down a slope at Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, County Durham on a bonus day off school.’
      • ‘From a flurry of delighted children sledging down a snowswept street in Bath to policemen joining in with group of teenagers having a snowball fight in Poole - your pics are helping us capture Britain as it is swept by snow.’
      • ‘Elsewhere in the city, young and old alike took full advantage of the snowy conditions, sledging on Knavesmire and building snowmen and women.’
      • ‘And fairly often, during the winter, we'd be snowed in, which meant a day off school and the chance to hook up with the children that lived nearby to go sledging.’
      • ‘It's proper snowman-making snow and when my Mum and I went for a walk on Tuesday onto the Downs there were people sledging.’
      • ‘Tne Prime Minister took a break from the matters of state to go sledging in Chipping Norton today.’
      • ‘When it snows we get to go sledging and make snowmen, windy days let us wrap up warm and collect leaves.’
      • ‘For any kids who have not burnt enough energy during the day, there's a perfect slope across the road to go sledging in safety.’
      • ‘I taught myself to swim in Leg of Mutton pond, skated on Pen Ponds when they froze, sledged in Petersham Park when it snowed, built dams across the brook, and learnt to ride a bike on the path to Bog Lodge.’
      • ‘In the winter the parks allow you to go sledging and skiing and you will be able to rent the equipment either in town or from a small store in the park.’

Origin

Late 16th century (as a noun): from Middle Dutch sleedse; related to sled. The verb dates from the early 18th century.

Pronunciation

sledge

/slɛdʒ//slej/

Main definitions of sledge in English

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sledge2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • 1Make taunting or teasing remarks to (an opposing player, especially a batsman) in order to disturb their concentration.

    ‘Zol smashed Zaheer for a couple of fours immediately after being sledged by the veteran seamer’
    no object ‘in Australia he stared down batsmen, sledged, swore, and kept coming at them’
    • ‘He terrorised batsmen, but he never sledged them.’
    • ‘He has been accused of match-fixing, sledging a team-mate and wearing flares - the only charge he can't dismiss.’
    • ‘Jones has reconciled himself to being sledged a lot by the Aussies.’
    • ‘One criticism of the young fast bowler is, he is not particularly aggressive; he has never sledged an opponent on the field.’
    • ‘The next time India play Australia and an Indian batsman crosses 80, you can bet that the Aussies will sledge him about his selfishness.’
    • ‘He has told the player he won't sledge him during the Ashes, which sounds like a parent's promise to leave a light on all night.’
    • ‘I had plenty of faith in my bowlers to get the batsmen out without sledging them.’
    • ‘If you are sledged, and, trust me lads, it's going to happen, then give as good as you get.’
    • ‘I can't ever remember being sledged, and I can't ever remember sledging anybody.’
    jeer at, gibe at, sneer at, scoff at, poke fun at, make fun of, get at, insult, tease, chaff, torment, provoke, goad, ridicule, deride, mock, heckle
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    1. 1.1Australian Criticize or insult in a mocking way.
      ‘people on that side of the chamber sledged the Prime Minister and accused the coalition of immorality’
      • ‘That odious guy sledged me in the lifts today, asked me how I liked being poster girl for The Standard.’
      • ‘How's his precious little boy going to cope the first time he gets sledged by a more worldly peer?’
      • ‘But on Saturday he went further, accusing his opponent of constructing a "false narrative" and sledging journalists who had "missed" the yarn.’
      • ‘The National Party President was once sledged by Parata at a meeting for saying they would bring more women into the National caucus.’
      • ‘The Labor frontbencher says it's the PM who's the "wacko" after he sledged the former Labor government in the Washington Post.’
      • ‘We're in the odd position where adults are being sledged by other adults for being huge bipedal babies.’
      • ‘It's not that we're sledging parents but all these (electronic) activities need to be monitored in moderation.’
      • ‘Rather than sledge the PM, you would be better to ask Milne how she will recover the money if the green fund fails.’
      • ‘The paper's known for its long campaign to sledge the broadcaster at every possible opportunity.’
      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
      offend, cause offence to, give offence to, affront, abuse, be rude to, call someone names, slight, disparage, discredit, libel, slander, malign, defame, denigrate, cast aspersions on, impugn, slur, revile, calumniate
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noun

informal
  • 1A taunting or teasing remark made to an opposing player in order to disturb their concentration.

    ‘he was upset after a very personal sledge by the Australian captain’
    • ‘He publicly apologised for the on-field sledge.’
    • ‘He told a reporter he "must have great ears" when his sledge was repeated, but didn't deny the comment was made.’
    • ‘As tasteless as any comment about his mum is, he does dish out sledges better than anyone.’
    • ‘Your piece last month on sporting insults was missing a memorable sledge from an Australia v Zimbabwe cricket match.’
    • ‘The Proteas paceman noted he may never forgive Clarke for a personal sledge.’
    • ‘Aussies are masters of the well-timed sledge.’
    • ‘A modern sledge is simply a expletive laden insult, designed to cause mental disintegration.’
    • ‘But it was Haddin's hefty sledge which ensured the rivalry between these two teams stayed fiery.’
    • ‘Let's hope a well-timed sledge doesn't put him off.’
    • ‘He hinted the key to rattling Warner's cage was to play mind games with some subtle sledges.’
    jeer, gibe, sneer, insult, barb, catcall, brickbat, scoff, slap in the face
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    1. 1.1Australian A mockingly critical comment.
      ‘as political sledges go, it was a killer’
      • ‘His sledges went a little too far for commercial radio station Triple M, which terminated a live interview with the 54-year-old on Friday morning.’
      • ‘The Q&A session went for 45-minutes, with Turnbull trading sledges with journalists.’
      • ‘All due respect, but that's an incredibly simplistic sledge.’
      • ‘The art of the classic political sledge has been lost as MPs resort to crude invective over clever insults.’
      • ‘As political sledges go, it was a killer.’
      • ‘He sent Senator Lambie a series of sledges on her departure, saying she would not achieve much as an independent.’
      censure, reproval, condemnation, denunciation, disapproval, disparagement, opprobrium, captiousness, fault-finding, carping, cavilling
      abusive remark, jibe, affront, slight, snub, barb, slur, backhanded compliment, injury, libel, slander, defamation, abuse, disparagement, depreciation, impugnment, revilement, humiliation, indignity, insolence, rudeness
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Origin

1970s: from sledging.

Pronunciation

sledge

/slɛdʒ//slej/

Main definitions of sledge in English

: sledge1sledge2sledge3

sledge3

noun

  • A sledgehammer.

    • ‘Steel wedges were driven into the fault and hammered with a sledge until the stone separated.’
    • ‘Their guitars hammer away like sledges to anvils while the rhythm section is hot enough to melt steel!’
    • ‘Go find a hammer: a claw, a sledge, a ball-peen, whatever's handy.’

Origin

Old English slecg (noun), from a Germanic base meaning ‘to strike’, related to slay.

Pronunciation

sledge

/slɛdʒ//slej/