1. to hit hard; often ext. as slug it out.
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 13 Dec. 2/2: Harrigan still maintaining his advantage, returned to the old place, [...] delivering a few slugging hits upon the body and head.|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 5 Oct. n.p.: As soon as he was ‘cop’d’ he ‘slugged’ the officer.|
|Peck’s Bad Boy and His Pa (1893) 261: He won’t be at the slugging match.|
|N.Z. Tablet 10 Oct. 7/2: When anyone catches me talking slang, he is especially invited to slug me in the seventh rib.|
|Leaves from a Prison Diary I 125: His prison talk is generally of all the people he has ‘slugged’ (beaten).|
|World (NY) 19 May 15/1: It would seem that Mike has effectually put the kibosh on adverse public opinion. Has Mike done this, or have the big Detroit sluggers slugged him out of a hole?|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 27 July 7/4: ... to allow a bigger man of the fallen one’s side [...] slugging the shoulderer over.|
|Maggie, a Girl of the Streets (2001) 22: An’ den I slugged ’im. See?|
|Chimmie Fadden 8: Say, Id a slugged de whole gang of dose farmers.|
|Boss 59: Unless they stop to slug with you, don’t put a hand on ’em.|
|Five Notions 34: It’s Tommy this an’ Tommy that, an’ ‘Mind an’ slug the Boer!’.‘Hospital’ in|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 11 Sept. 1/1: The aggressor in the slugging match was the dad of a dashing damsel who taught Scripture.|
|‘Madge The Society Detective’ in Old Sleuth’s Freaky Female Detectives (1990) 106/1: She slugged me [...] And then she slugged Bob. We both went down. I’m ashamed to confess it, boss, but that woman has got a punch like a Missouri mule.et al.|
|Shorty McCabe on the Job 61: Slug the clubbers! [...] Knock their blocks off! Go to it, old man!|
|Eve. Dispatch (London) 26 June 4/2: It was a toe-to-toe slugging match.|
|Coll. Short Stories (1941) 425: ‘Cut loose and slug’ Nate told him.‘A Frame-Up’ in|
|Man’s Grim Justice 186: Whenever I didn’t answer the way they wanted [...] they took turns at slugging me.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 28: This [...] causes her to slug Mr. Jabez Tuesday on the bean.‘Breach of Promise’ in|
|‘Snowbound’ in Gangster Stories Oct. n.p.: The guy who’d tried to slug me hit the floor with his face.|
|Prison Days and Nights 152: He was [...] spending most of his time in the disciplinary cottage and getting what we called ‘slugged’ (that is, whipped on the bare buttocks, with a piece of rubber hose, by a very strong official).|
|Dames Don’t Care (1960) 64: Some jane slugged him with a car spanner.|
|‘Saint in Silver’ in Goulart (1967) 65: The same bum that slugged me.|
|Amboy Dukes 87: He always felt better when he was [...] slugging it out with some guy.|
|N.Y. World-Telegram and Sun 20 Aug. n.p.: In the latest outbreak of teen terrorism, a 15-year-old girl was shot and her boyfriend was slugged with a lead pipe.|
|Rap Sheet 103: Green slugged the warden’s secretary with a gun butt.|
|(con. 1950) Band of Brothers 175: Punch-drunk fighters on either side, slugging it out.|
|Crazy Kill 76: More folks getting robbed, slugged and stabbed to death [...] than usual.|
|(con. 1940s) Admiral (1968) 26: It was too damn bad they had not stayed and slugged it out with the Jap.|
|Sheeper 21: Not long ago someone really slugged me (breaking my jaw).|
|Pimp 45: It was as if a giant fist had slugged the breath from us all.|
|Faggots 251: Will Dinky appear again and slug my handsome Robbie Swindon?|
|Skin Tight 76: Then he slugs me in the stomach and tells me to get my butt out of the boat.|
|White Boy Shuffle 123: Psycho Loco came through, slugging some fool for stepping on his shadow.|
|Curvy Lovebox 114: I slugged him in the mouth.|
|Guardian Rev. 23 July 23: Bad guys slugged broads.|
|Guardian Guide 1–6 Jan. 90: Two bikini-clad female contenders slugging it out in a ring filled with chocolate pudding.|
|Portable Promised Land (ms.) 39: Per some accounts, Katherine slugged Josephine.|
|A Steady Rain I iii: And no way Denny had to slug Connie like that to settle the argument, either.|
|Mail & Guardian 13 Apr. [Internet] [headline] ‘Mdluh cops bugged Cele!’: Security chiefs slug it out.|
|Guardian 4 Oct. [Internet] Axelrod said the president had not wanted the debate to turn into a slugfest.|
2. to criticize harshly.
|Bushranger’s Sweetheart 118: We are [...] going in for the slugging of books [...] we have ruined one or two well-known authors.|
|Long Gray Line (1990) 61: Egregious offenders [...] were ‘slugged’. That meant demerits.|
3. in fig. use, to overcome.
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 184: There was a far deeper expression of pleasure on his face [...] than there had been [...] when he was slugging Shag Shaughnessy’s faro layout.|
4. (also slug around) in fig. use, to dispute aggressively; often ext. as slug it out.
|N.Y. Press Nov. in Stallman (1966) 105: The people lost their liberty because they went to sleep. Then [...] they wake up and slug around and surprise all the men who thought they were in a trance.in|
|Time 10 May 98: Twice it screens exciting action: once when the sub slugs it out with a disguised German raider.|
|Battle Cry (1964) 22: You always went back and slugged it out.|
|Faggots 364: Hitting and elbowing and kneeing and scratching and off sides and on sides and slugging it out.|
|Guardian Guide 15–21 May 69: Two American guests slugging it out over the burning issues of the day.|
|Guardian G2 14 Jan. 13: Representatives of the two companies could be isolated [...] to slug it out.|
5. in fig. use of sense 1 .
|Chicago Trib. 12 June 4/5: Coffee Slugs Even harder than a Prize Fighter. A newspaper man is subject to trials and tribulations [...] Coffee ‘slugs’ a great many of them.|
|Western Champion (Qld) 12 Dec. 3/1: There was a barmaid sluggin’ the pump.|
6. to shoot.
|Jackson Dly News (MS) 1 Apr. 7/2: Crook Chatter [...] ‘Shooting, paradoxically enough, is “slugging”’.|
|Stealing Through Life 256: Remember his caper? Slugged two coppers; his partner was topped.|
|Sudden 73: If the dust in them two pokes ain’t exactly sim’lar, Luce didn’t slug Evans.|
|Fortune Feb. 122: Guns slugging at close range.|
|Walk in Sun 48: They slugged one into his leg at Mareth.|
7. (US) to trudge, to move with an effort, to make an effort; thus slugging adj.
|Passage 63: Patient, slugging work was what he put his trust in.|
|Reader’s Digest Nov. 62: He was always slugging away at novel writing on the side.|
|(con. 1940s) Admiral (1968) 107: We’ll slug our way through.|
|Paco’s Story (1987) 7: We saddled up our rucksacks and slugged off into the deepest, baddest part of the Goongone Forest.|
8. to kill, to murder.
|Entrapment (2009) 39: Frank Mears, no address, slugged for ninety cents.‘American Obituary’ in|
|‘On Broadway’ 5 May [synd. col.] Mrs. Dutch Schultz didn’t get herself slugged for allegedly slandering a comrade killed with Dutch . . . She almost got slugged.|
9. (Aus.) to overcharge.
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 68: Get slugged, to be charged excessively.|
|These Are My People (1957) 141: ‘How much do you slug ’em a week?’ ‘I get paid so much an article.’.|
|Hang On a Minute, Mate (1963) 120: Uncle Wally noticed that the new boundary fence our neighbour had slugged him half the costs of was about six feet on Uncle Wally’s side of the survey pegs.|
|Big Ask 19: Makes you wonder how the government’s union cronies will react to attempts to slug their members.|
10. (US) to apply, to dose.
|(con. 1945) Goodbye to Some (1963) 84: ‘When you slug too much morphine in there, you go into shock?’ There is a wail of derisive laughter.|
(US) a rough battle, a hard-hitting contest.
|News Jrnl (Mansfield, OH) 9 Sept. 3/5: The baltimore pitcher [...] was credited with a home run, double and single in Friday’s slugfest.|
|N.Y. Press 18 Apr. in Unforgettable Season (1981) 43: The National League’s first slug-fest of 1908 turned up this afternoon.|
|Nebraska State Journal 27 July 3/1: [heading] Denver wins in slugfest .|
|Salt lake Telegram (UT) 31 Oct. 5/3: Boxing fans will be treated to an old time slugfest at the Manhattan Club [...] tonight.|
|New York Day by Day 23 May [synd. col.] Bustanoby’s [...] was another generating ground for slugfests, usually college boys.|
|People Talk (1972) 385: The Big Slug Fest Smoker.|
|Naugatuck Dly Times (CT) 8 Nov. 8/5: Some of General Hodges’ Yank soldiers [...] are fighting a grim to to toe slugfest in Hurtgen forest.|
|Forgive Me, Killer (2000) 27: He sat in a bar, got drunk, went up to see her, they had a slug fest and he —.|
|Morn. Call (Allentown, PA) 4 Aug. 17/3: The Cincinnati reds outhit the Philadelphia Phillies [...] in one of the wildest slugfests in many years.|
|(con. WWII) Hollywoodland (1981) 186: Slugfests between zoots and sailors.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Eve. Sun Turned Crimson (1998) 103: Ready for a slug-fest or to simply belt someone for the hell of it.‘Russian Blackie’ in|
|Source Oct. n.p.: His early films were often no more than slugfests.|
|Winnipeg Sun 18 July [Internet] Darryl Wolski has scored another potential knock out for his upcoming Hockey Gladiator slugfest. The Brandon promoter has inked a deal [...] to carry the double knock-out hockey fighting tournament.|
|Paducah Sun (KY) 20 Mar. B2/2: Kelso pitched quite a gem for Calloway County at the Marshall County Slugfest.|
(US teen) violent, aggressive.
|Web of the City (1983) 50: He would carve that sluggy sonofabitch from gut to kisser.|