- 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 roofMore example sentences
- They often looked unarmed, but they always had a defensive trick hidden away; knife sheathed in their boot, a sling under their belt.
- 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.
- 1.1A bandage or soft strap looped round the neck to support an injured arm: she had her arm in a slingMore example sentences
support bandage, support, bandage, strap
- Patients should begin with pendulum exercises with the injured arm in the sling.
- 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.
- Mary's four sisters were rushing around as the four nurses: cleaning cuts, setting arms in slings, and bandaging legs.
- 1.2A pouch or frame for carrying a baby, supported by a strap round the neck or shoulders: a baby slingMore example sentences
- There are several advantages to using a sling to carry your baby in.
- A lot of people swear by carrying the baby everywhere in a 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.
- 1.3A short length of rope used to provide additional support for the body in abseiling or climbing.More example sentences
- After installing the bolt, I clipped it with a short sling to allow the rope to run freely beneath the overhang.
- Essential supplies carried by the assessors include a survival shelter, 30-metre rope, climbing sling and karabiner, along with the inevitable first aid kit.
- ‘The evidence of their possession is the rusting pitons, abseil slings and other paraphernalia which adorn the main ridge,’ he said.
- 2A simple weapon in the form of a strap or loop, used to hurl stones or other small missiles: 700 men armed only with slingsMore example sentences
- Men of the armies fought with double-edged swords, battle-axes, lances, slings, and weapons of archery.
- To gain some protection by distancing themselves from the dangers of close combat, early fighters used throwing weapons - slings, bows, javelins, and spears.
- 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.
- 3Australian /NZ • informal A bribe or gratuity.More example sentences
- 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 (past and past participle slung /slʌŋ/)Back to top
- 1 [with 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 treesMore example sentences
- She slung the gun on a strap so it would hang across her back while she held her crossbow.
- 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.
- Several small fires were crackling away and shelters were slung between trees.
- 1.1Carry (something, especially a garment) loosely and casually about one’s person: he had his jacket slung over one shoulderMore example sentences
- Her long scarlet cloak was slung over a bronze mail shirt that flashed the sunlight.
- Leather bags carrying a copy of the Koran are slung over their shoulders.
- He carried Misha out with him, still holding the plastic bag and carrying the black case slung over his back.
- 1.2Hoist or transfer (something) with a sling: horse after horse was slung up from the bargesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 [with object and adverbial of direction] British • informal Casually throw or fling: sling a few things into your knapsackMore example sentences
- He was going to sling me into jail and throw away the key.
- That was when his interest in Walsh was first piqued by a disparaging throwaway remark slung across the kitchen table by his mother.
- He took Fernet's weapon sacks and the bag of ransom money and slung those on, too, groaning at the weight of them.
- 2.1Hurl (a stone or other missile) from a sling or similar weapon: a boulder that was slung from a catapultMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2 [no object] (sling off) Australian /NZ • informal Mock; make fun: I wasn’t slinging off at your religionMore example sentences
- 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?
- 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.
- I suppose the bunch who sling off at me would defend him and his mob for breaking our laws!
put someone's (or have one's) ass in a sling
- North American • informal Work as a bartender.More example sentences
- First there's the feckless bartender Randy, content to sling beer at McCool's until the night that he meets her.
- By the age of 17, Pauline started slinging beer in gritty taverns where bands played rock and blues.
- Any time left after slinging beer and selling shoes was spent hacking away at her piano.
sling hash (or plates)
- North American • informal Serve food in a cafe or diner: I had to take orders, sling hash, wipe up, and fill the shakersMore example sentences
- 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.
- The play's driving force is Terry, an alcoholic, out-of-work actor slinging hash at a mob-owned diner.
- I still wait tables and sling hash for a living and I'm loving it!
sling one's hook
- see hook.
slings and arrows
- Used with reference to adverse factors or circumstances: the slings and arrows of outrageous critics[with reference to Shakespeare's Hamlet iii. i. 58]More example sentences
- 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.
- In between, of course, came an arsenal of slings and arrows.
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- I share Chris Conley's suspicion of the tendency to throw mud on people of great accomplishment and as one of the recent slingers I take his questions seriously.
- This guitar slinger and singer whiled away his childhood in this very neighbourhood; and the prodigal son returns from some busy road trips with Adam Gregory to perform this night.
- We expected so very much more from a slinger of rhyme.
Middle English: probably from Low German, of symbolic origin; compare with German Schlinge 'noose, snare'. sense 2 of the verb is from Old Norse slyngva.
- A sweetened drink of spirits, especially gin, and water. See also Singapore sling.More example sentences
- 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.
- The Singapore Sling really did originate in Singapore, and was thought to be a drink for the ladies because it was pink.
mid 18th century: of unknown origin.