slings and arrows

plural noun
|Updated on: 30 May 2018

Definition of slings and arrows

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

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Origin and Etymology of slings and arrows

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


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