Green’s Dictionary of Slang

sling v.

[SE sling, to throw]

1. in senses of giving, passing.

(a) [19C+] to throw, cast, hurl, fling; also fig. [SE to late 19C].

(b) [19C+] to give.

(c) [mid–late 19C] to pass from one person to another.

(d) [mid-19C+] (Aus.) to bribe, to pass over a bribe; thus slinging n.

(e) [mid-19C+] (US) to work as a waiter or waitress; to serve; esp. as sling hash v., to wait at tables; sling beer v., to work as a bartender.

(f) [late 19C+] (orig. Aus., also sling over) to abandon, to give up, to get rid of; to end a relationship.

(g) [1960s+] (US) to fight with the fists.

(h) [1980s+] (drugs) to sell drugs; usu. modified by a drug name.

2. in senses of communication.

(a) [mid-19C+] (also sling out) to speak.

(b) [mid-19C+] (also sling out) to write, to perform etc.

(c) [late 19C+] to recount, to tell; thus slinger n.

(d) [1910s+] to criticize, to abuse.

3. [late 19C] to do easily.

4. see sling one’s hook v.

In phrases

sling (a daddle) (v.) [daddle n.]

[late 19C] to shake hands.

sling colonial (v.)

[late 19C] (Aus.) to talk idiomatic/vernacular Australian (rather than ‘English’) English.

sling dishes (v.)

[late 19C+] (US) to work as a waiter or waitress.

sling it (v.)

1. [1900s] as imper.: ‘forget it!’.

2. [20C+] (Aus., also sling it in) to abandon or give up something.

3. [1930s+] (Aus., also sling it in) to leave one’s job or one’s work.

4. see sling one’s hook v.

sling off (at) (v.)

[20C+] (orig. Aus./N.Z./S.Afr.) to mock, to tease, to cheek; to berate, to scold; thus sling-off, slinging off n.

sling out (v.)

1. see sense 2a above.

2. see sense 2b above.

sling the smash (v.)

[late 19C] (UK prison) to hand over tobacco.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

sling... (v.)

see also under relevant n.

sling about (v.) (also sling along)

[mid–late 19C+] to loiter, to hang around with particular intent.

sling for (v.)

[mid-19C] (UK Und.) to pay for, to stand treat.

sling in (v.)

[late 19C] to arrive.

sling (it) to (v.)

[1920s+] (Aus./N.Z.) to pay a bribe or a commission, esp. on one’s winnings at gambling.

sling one’s — (v.)

[mid-19C] to pay admission, qualified by a n. indicating the price paid.

sling one’s bunk (v.) [naut. imagery]

[mid-19C–1900s] to leave, to depart.

sling one’s daniel (v.) [ety. unknown; ? lost rhy. sl. referring to some form of pack; given occas. synon. sling one’s dannet ? link to dial. donnot/dannet, a good-for-nothing]

[mid-19C] (US) to leave.

sling oneself (v.)

[late 19C] (US campus) to show off.

sling one’s hook (v.)

see separate entry.

sling one’s teeth (v.)

[mid-19C] (US) to eat.

sling out (v.)

[1920s+] to eject, to throw out.

sling someone in the eye (v.)

[late 19C] to punch someone in the eye.

sling the hatchet (v.)

1. [mid-19C] to skulk about.

2. [1920s] to run away, to abscond.

sling the pot (v.)

[mid-19C] (US) to cook.

sling the whiddle (v.)

[1900s] (Aus. und.) to pass on information (of a possible crime).

sling up (v.)

1. [1900s] (UK Und.) to hang.

2. [1980s+] (US campus) to have sexual intercourse.

In exclamations

sling yourself!

[late 19C] an excl. urging immediate action, hurry up! get on with it!