slashing

adjective
slash·​ing | \ ˈsla-shiŋ How to pronounce slashing (audio) \

Definition of slashing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : incisively satiric or critical

slashing

noun

Definition of slashing (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or process of slashing
2 : an insert or layer of contrasting color revealed by a slash (as in a garment)

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Other Words from slashing

Adjective

slashingly adverb

Examples of slashing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Journalists at newspapers owned by Alden’s MediaNews Group have accused the hedge fund of slashing costs without regard for their work and solely as a way to increase profit margins. Marc Tracy, New York Times, "In Sudden Move, Chicago Tribune's Top 2 Editors Are Departing," 27 Feb. 2020 But there's still more slashing where that came from! Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Jamie Lee Curtis Is Returning As Laurie Strode For One Last 'Halloween' Movie," 31 Jan. 2018 But there's still more slashing where that came from! Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Jamie Lee Curtis Is Returning As Laurie Strode For One Last 'Halloween' Movie," 31 Jan. 2018 But there's still more slashing where that came from! Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Jamie Lee Curtis Is Returning As Laurie Strode For One Last 'Halloween' Movie," 31 Jan. 2018 But there's still more slashing where that came from! Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Jamie Lee Curtis Is Returning As Laurie Strode For One Last 'Halloween' Movie," 31 Jan. 2018 But there's still more slashing where that came from! Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Jamie Lee Curtis Is Returning As Laurie Strode For One Last 'Halloween' Movie," 31 Jan. 2018 But there's still more slashing where that came from! Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Jamie Lee Curtis Is Returning As Laurie Strode For One Last 'Halloween' Movie," 31 Jan. 2018 But there's still more slashing where that came from! Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Jamie Lee Curtis Is Returning As Laurie Strode For One Last 'Halloween' Movie," 31 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Police Chief Carmen Best stepped down in August after disagreements with city leaders over the potential slashing of police budgets and proposals to cut around 100 officers. Fox News, "Seattle homicides already highest in over a decade as council cuts police budget," 1 Dec. 2020 The economic uncertainty also led to a slashing of advertising budgets at many companies and threatened to deal a major blow to the industry. NBC News, "From diversity to streaming, 2020 was a year of reckoning for media industry," 28 Dec. 2020 That spike mirrors the slashing of the state’s education budget and the jump in tuition. NBC News, "Parent Plus loans are burying families in college debt," 17 Nov. 2020 Because refuges are often run by charities acting on government contracts, the slashing of official spending has curtailed the extent of the support being offered. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "The Shadow Pandemic," 4 Aug. 2020 The vote came as criminal justice advocates continue to push for police reform amid a nationwide debate over how law enforcement agencies should be utilized and the slashing of police budgets. Fox News, "LA County officials push plan to close aging Men's Central Jail in 'care first, jails last' approach," 8 July 2020 Even when teams like the Nationals and A’s have reversed course on their slashing, the damage is already done. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Greed preventing baseball from seizing its opportunity," 8 June 2020 Even with that, Canton nearly got back into the game to start the third, thanks to a major slashing penalty in the opening seconds. Jim Clark, BostonGlobe.com, "Lincoln-Sudbury snaps Canton’s 43-game unbeaten streak in boys’ hockey," 12 Feb. 2020 And the slashing of interest rates by the Federal Reserve is hurting banks and other financial institutions that make money by lending and other transactions. Alexander Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus: As recession looms, will Procter & Gamble and Kroger thrive or just survive?," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of slashing

Adjective

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of slashing was in 1576

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“Slashing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slashing. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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