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

Examples of slings and arrows in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And can Valerie survive the slings and arrows launched by mean-girl debutantes? San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Aug. 2021 No decision these days by any governor, Republican or Democrat, is immune to the slings and arrows of outrageous internet allegations. oregonlive, 17 Aug. 2021 Swan Song is a tremendously tender love letter to someone who survived so many of the slings and arrows that accompanied being an openly gay man in a small, conservative area. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 6 Aug. 2021 Or has the time come to prioritize mental health in the way athletes would deal with physical injuries and the daunting rehabilitation processes that followed, Twitter slings and arrows be damned? San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2021 But the big tree will have to fend off the slings and arrows of its urban location for a while longer. New York Times, 26 June 2021 Some employees are born with pit-bull determination, while others are more vulnerable to the slings and arrows of workplace pressures. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 4 June 2021 So yes, be specific about the behavior that bothers you, and stay in the moment (don’t launch into an encyclopedic recitation of previous slings and arrows). Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2021 So yes, be specific about the behavior that bothers you, and stay in the moment (don’t launch into an encyclopedic recitation of previous slings and arrows). Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 30 Mar. 2021

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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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1 Sep 2021

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“Slings and arrows.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slings%20and%20arrows. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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