slings and arrows

plural noun

: pointed often acerbic critical attacks
has suffered the slings and arrows of detractorsRoland Gelatt

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Neither a vindictive God nor the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune stood in the way of the human pursuit of satisfaction. Time, 10 Jan. 2023 Anyone can adapt a Broadway smash; much nobler to adapt a one-man show about turning 30 and suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous eye-rolls. Vulture, 7 Feb. 2022 The architects of the financial system overhaul known as Dodd-Frank suffered numerous slings and arrows while crafting their historic legislation. Bytil Schuermann, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2022 While occasional episodes have addressed big life or social issues, most stories focus on the normal slings and arrows of growing up, going to school and working things out with family members and friends. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 3 Oct. 2022 The choice to pursue this lonely path, despite the slings and arrows, is what should serve as inspiration through whatever Covid-19 -- or the next pandemic -- may bring us. Kent Sepkowitz, CNN, 23 Aug. 2022 Both shows have also suffered the predictable slings and arrows from the sorts of fans, or quasi-fans, who think that only white actors ought to be cast in such stories. Jo Livingstone, The New Yorker, 16 Sep. 2022 Strange is too smart, worldly, and compact to get bogged down in overly self-conscious musings about the slings and arrows of his budding fame. Maura Johnston, Rolling Stone, 16 June 2022 In the United States, the military is subordinate to the civil power, the civil power is accountable to the citizenry, and both must suffer their slings and arrows as a result. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slings and arrows was in 1963

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“Slings and arrows.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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