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slings and arrows

noun plural

Definition of slings and arrows

  1. :  pointed often acerbic critical attacks <has suffered the slings and arrows of detractors — Roland Gelatt>

Origin and Etymology of slings and arrows

from the phrase “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” in Shakespeare's Hamlet

First Known Use: 1963

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a secret group of plotters

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