slings and arrows

plural noun

Definition of slings and arrows 

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

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If science can maintain bioresilience and mortality rates at that level, potential lifespan would be determined by statistical risk of slings and arrows of life rather than term limits. WSJ, "Is There a Limit to the Human Lifespan?," 24 June 2018 The Knights had wrapped the bronze warrior in duct tape from helmet to sandals to protect him from the slings and arrows and paint balloons of pranksters from across town. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "Can USC Survive Scandal and Shed Its Spoiled-Kid Reputation Once and For All?," 10 July 2018 Your daughter’s lifestyle will not protect her from the slings and arrows of life. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Mother seeks cure for daughter's affluenza," 26 May 2018 Practicing self-care will give you more energy to deal with all the little slings and arrows of our health-care system. Sandy Fernández, Redbook, "How to Take Care of Yourself — and Everyone Else," 11 Apr. 2018 Ada suffers the slings and arrows of mental torture more than the average protagonist. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Freshwater: A Coming-of-Age Story Containing Multitudes," 1 Mar. 2018 Rugged Monster Mats are there to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous seaside adventure, while the sill plates are similarly ruggedized. Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver, "Best Coast: The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle’s Stylish New Trim Level," 11 Jan. 2018 The physical pain Hernandez felt was nothing compared to the slings and arrows that dented her pride. Walter Villa, miamiherald, "UM volleyball standout makes critical adjustment," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of slings and arrows

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slings and arrows

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

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