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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Making use of Paul’s love for physical stunts, the two worked together on videos where, for example, the YouTuber used a slingshot to lob LoveSacs at motocross legend Travis Pastrana. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Meet the babysitter who helps Logan Paul stay out of trouble on YouTube," 3 Dec. 2018 The Israeli army has released images of protesters using weapons ranging from slingshots to submachine guns, and numerous attempts to breach the Israeli border with knives or bombs, to prove the contrary. Hana Salah,, "Palestinians in Gaza launch biggest rocket barrage in years, then claim they have agreed to cease-fire," 29 May 2018 There's a harrowing scene in Toy Story 3 where our intrepid heroes are savaged by kids who use Buzz Lightyear as a hammer, Slinky Dog as a slingshot, and Jessie as a paintbrush. Heather Cocks, Redbook, "Why I Let My Kids Break All the Rules," 7 July 2011 The protesters used grenades, Molotov cocktails, slingshots, incendiary kites and burning tires., "Calendar Letters: Much ado about the royal wedding," 25 May 2018 But several hundred surged forward, swinging slingshots and burning tires to create a thick, black smokescreen. Noga Tarnopolsky,, "Palestinians vow to press on with border protests in Gaza as U.N. calls for inquiry," 18 May 2018 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

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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

US : 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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