sling·​shot | \ˈsliŋ-ˌshät \

Definition of slingshot 

1 : a forked stick with an elastic band attached for shooting small stones

2a : a maneuver in auto racing in which a drafting car accelerates past the car in front by taking advantage of reserve power

b : a dragster in which the driver sits behind the rear wheels

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An hour later, racing around the court and hitting slingshot forehands with surprising power and accuracy, the kid had demolished her in straight sets. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘Arthur Ashe’ Review: A Hard Road to Glory," 17 Aug. 2018 Human rights organizations have accused the authorities of using disproportionate force against protesters who have been armed with homemade mortars and slingshots. Stephen Kinzer, New York Times, "Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, Key Figure in Nicaraguan Turmoil, Dies at 92," 3 June 2018 Groups mostly of young men advanced to the border and hurled rocks with slingshots from behind the clouds of smoke. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "Burning tires, tear gas and live fire: Gaza clashes turn deadly," 6 Apr. 2018 Brandishing a billy club and slingshot, Defendor tries to protect citizens from crime and thwart his arch-enemy, Captain Industry. Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 24 most forgettable superheroes in movies," 5 July 2018 Good reviews slingshot films into awards contenders. Jen Yamato,, "Sundance and Toronto film festivals pledge increased access for underrepresented critics," 15 June 2018 Something’s gotta slingshot the night into the next phase. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Turn Your Summer BBQ Into a Full-on Dance Party," 3 July 2018 Privacy - Terms Police then caught Kevin Casey, 53, using a slingshot to shatter the window on a minivan’s driver’s side sliding door on I-74 on Friday night, prosecutors said, the News-Gazette reported. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "A slingshot shattered car windows on an interstate. The culprit drove a semi, Illinois cops say," 4 June 2018 The kid on the back of my bike also had a slingshot and was shooting monkeys in the trees and some other people going past on motorbikes -- shooting rocks at them! Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, "Glass Animals Give Fans a Look at Their Stormy Red Rocks Set in 'The Other Side of Paradise' Video: Exclusive," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of slingshot

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of slingshot

: a Y-shaped stick with an elastic band attached to it that is used for shooting small stones


sling·​shot | \ˈsliŋ-ˌshät \

Kids Definition of slingshot

: a forked stick with an elastic band attached for shooting small stones

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