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

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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