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sledge 1

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Pronunciation: /slɛdʒ/
chiefly British

noun

1A vehicle on runners for conveying loads or passengers over snow or ice, often pulled by draught animals: a dog sledge [as modifier]: a sledge journey
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Manchester University academic and a pal are heading to the Greenland Icecap on sledges pulled by giant kites.
1.1A small lightweight vehicle, either on runners or having a smooth bottom surface, used for sliding downhill over snow or ice.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

verb

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1Travel or slide downhill over snow on a sledge: they sledged down the slopes in the frozen snow children built snowmen and went sledging after hundreds of schools shut
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  • 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.
  • We passed plenty of families with the same idea, sledging down the slopes near the car park.
  • Tne Prime Minister took a break from the matters of state to go sledging in Chipping Norton today.
1.1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Carry (passengers or a load) on a sledge: the task of sledging 10-metre lifeboats across tundra
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  • All the material for the house had to be sledged up the hill by horse.
  • Another was sledged almost halfway up Mount Taranaki, to provide accommodation for visitors.
  • That afternoon we made our expedition sledging flags.

Derivatives

sledger

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noun
Example sentences
  • They advise sledgers to don protective gear and not to go out without parental supervision.
  • The five sledgers in the polar party were dead, though nobody yet knew how or where they had perished.
  • At Primrose Hill in north London there were plenty of sledgers scooting their heels along increasingly muddy slopes in an attempt to recreate Monday's magic.

Origin

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

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  • The sledge that is a vehicle used on snow and ice came in the late 16th century from Dutch and is related to sled (Middle English), sleigh (early 18th century), slide (Old English), and slither (Middle English). Sleigh is from Dutch, and was originally adopted in North America. To take for a sleigh ride is a dated slang phrase meaning ‘to mislead’, from the use of sleigh ride for an implausible or false story or a hoax. A sleigh ride could also mean ‘a drug-induced high’—this went with the use of snow for cocaine in white powder form, an early 20th-century use for this Old English word. As a name for what we would now more usually call a sledgehammer, the other sledge is recorded in Old English and goes back to a root meaning ‘to strike’ and related to slay. A sledgehammer is a large, heavy hammer used for jobs such as breaking rocks and driving in fence posts, so to take a sledgehammer to crack a nut is to use a disproportionately forceful means to achieve a simple objective. The expression is recorded in the 1930s, but a decade earlier an American version use a sledgehammer to kill a gnat appears. In the 1970s Australian cricketers started sledging, or making offensive or needling remarks to opposing batsmen in an attempt to break their concentration. The idea behind the term is the crudity and lack of subtlety involved in using a sledge or sledgehammer.

Words that rhyme with sledge

allege, dredge, edge, fledge, hedge, kedge, ledge, pledge, reg, sedge, veg, wedge

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sledge 2 Line breaks: sledge
Pronunciation: /slɛdʒ/
Pronunciation: /slɛdʒ/
informal

verb

[with object]
1 Cricket Make 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
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  • He has been accused of match-fixing, sledging a team-mate and wearing flares - the only charge he can't dismiss.
  • 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.
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
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  • 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.
  • But on Saturday he went further, accusing his opponent of constructing a "false narrative" and sledging journalists who had "missed" the yarn.

noun

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1 Cricket A 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
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  • But it was Haddin's hefty sledge which ensured the rivalry between these two teams stayed fiery.
  • A modern sledge is simply a expletive laden insult, designed to cause mental disintegration.
  • As tasteless as any comment about his mum is, he does dish out sledges better than anyone.
1.1Australian A mockingly critical comment: with more women in parliament, the modern political sledge was incorporating ‘subtle’ attacks on gender.
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  • 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 art of the classic political sledge has been lost as MPs resort to crude invective over clever insults.
  • The Q&A session went for 45-minutes, with Turnbull trading sledges with journalists.

Derivatives

sledger

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Sexual slurs about a player's wife are favoured weapons in the sledger's armoury.
  • Now one thing that our cricketers have been criticised for in recent times is their reputation as big-time sledgers.
  • Endless banter was part of his game, but not the truculence and obscenities of the modern sledger.

Origin

1970s: from sledging2.

More
  • The sledge that is a vehicle used on snow and ice came in the late 16th century from Dutch and is related to sled (Middle English), sleigh (early 18th century), slide (Old English), and slither (Middle English). Sleigh is from Dutch, and was originally adopted in North America. To take for a sleigh ride is a dated slang phrase meaning ‘to mislead’, from the use of sleigh ride for an implausible or false story or a hoax. A sleigh ride could also mean ‘a drug-induced high’—this went with the use of snow for cocaine in white powder form, an early 20th-century use for this Old English word. As a name for what we would now more usually call a sledgehammer, the other sledge is recorded in Old English and goes back to a root meaning ‘to strike’ and related to slay. A sledgehammer is a large, heavy hammer used for jobs such as breaking rocks and driving in fence posts, so to take a sledgehammer to crack a nut is to use a disproportionately forceful means to achieve a simple objective. The expression is recorded in the 1930s, but a decade earlier an American version use a sledgehammer to kill a gnat appears. In the 1970s Australian cricketers started sledging, or making offensive or needling remarks to opposing batsmen in an attempt to break their concentration. The idea behind the term is the crudity and lack of subtlety involved in using a sledge or sledgehammer.

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sledge 3 Line breaks: sledge
Pronunciation: /slɛdʒ/

noun

A sledgehammer.
Example sentences
  • Their guitars hammer away like sledges to anvils while the rhythm section is hot enough to melt steel!
  • Steel wedges were driven into the fault and hammered with a sledge until the stone separated.
  • 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 slay1.

More
  • The sledge that is a vehicle used on snow and ice came in the late 16th century from Dutch and is related to sled (Middle English), sleigh (early 18th century), slide (Old English), and slither (Middle English). Sleigh is from Dutch, and was originally adopted in North America. To take for a sleigh ride is a dated slang phrase meaning ‘to mislead’, from the use of sleigh ride for an implausible or false story or a hoax. A sleigh ride could also mean ‘a drug-induced high’—this went with the use of snow for cocaine in white powder form, an early 20th-century use for this Old English word. As a name for what we would now more usually call a sledgehammer, the other sledge is recorded in Old English and goes back to a root meaning ‘to strike’ and related to slay. A sledgehammer is a large, heavy hammer used for jobs such as breaking rocks and driving in fence posts, so to take a sledgehammer to crack a nut is to use a disproportionately forceful means to achieve a simple objective. The expression is recorded in the 1930s, but a decade earlier an American version use a sledgehammer to kill a gnat appears. In the 1970s Australian cricketers started sledging, or making offensive or needling remarks to opposing batsmen in an attempt to break their concentration. The idea behind the term is the crudity and lack of subtlety involved in using a sledge or sledgehammer.

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