There are 2 definitions of sling in English:

sling1

Syllabification: sling
Pronunciation: /sliNG
 
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noun

  • 1A flexible strap or belt used in the form of a loop to support or raise a weight: the horse had to be supported by a sling fixed to the roof
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    • 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 around the neck to support an injured arm: she had her arm in a sling
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    (support) bandage, support, strap
  • 1.2A pouch or frame for carrying a baby, supported by a strap around the neck or shoulders.
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    • 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 rappelling or climbing.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms

verb (pastand past participle slung /sləNG/)

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  • 1 [with object] 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 trees
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Carry (something, especially a garment) loosely and casually: he had his jacket slung over one shoulder
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    • 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.
  • 2 [with object] informal Throw; fling (often used to express the speaker’s casual attitude): sling a few things into your knapsack
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
  • 2.2Hoist or transfer (something) with a sling: horse after horse was slung up from the barges
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    • 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.

Phrases

put someone's (or have one's) ass in a sling

North American vulgar slang Cause someone to be (or be) in trouble.

sling hash

North American informal Serve food in a cafe or diner.
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  • 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!

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]
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  • 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.

Derivatives

slinger

noun
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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.

Origin

Middle English: probably from Low German, of symbolic origin; compare with German Schlinge 'noose, snare'. sense 2 of the verb of the verb is from Old Norse slyngva.

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There are 2 definitions of sling in English:

sling2

Syllabification: sling
Pronunciation: /
 
sliNG/

noun

  • A sweetened drink of liquor, especially gin, and water. See also Singapore sling.
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    • 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.

Origin

mid 18th century: of unknown origin.

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