slog

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verb

slogged; slogging

transitive verb

1
: to hit hard : beat
2
: to plod (one's way) perseveringly especially against difficulty

intransitive verb

1
: to plod heavily : tramp
slogged through the snow
2
: to work hard and steadily : plug
slogger noun

slog

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noun

1
a
: hard persistent work
the endless enervating slog of warMichael Gorra
b
: a prolonged arduous task or effort
reform will be a hard political slogM. S. Forbes
2
: a hard dogged march or journey

Example Sentences

Verb He slogged away at the paperwork all day. She slogged through her work. She slogged her way through her work. We've been slogging along for hours. He slogged through the deep snow. They slogged their way through the snow. Noun It will be a long, hard slog before everything is back to normal. It was a long slog up the mountain. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The pollsters will slog back to work, the panelists will await invitations to display their expertise, the pundits will dance their dance. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, 27 Nov. 2022 The culture is quick to lionize young Black men with fast feet or nimble hands but those with quick and creative minds too often have to slog it out in the shadows. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2022 This contest prompted a number of entrants to force the Empress to slog through 26-word and longer sentences … that all seemed to be about xanthippic yaks or yapping zebras. Pat Myers, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2022 As if the 111 wins, the Mookie Betts-Trea Turner-Freddie Freeman troika and a 13-headed monster of a pitching staff weren’t enough, the Dodgers will be gifted a Division Series opponent forced to slog through a third and decisive wild card game. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 10 Oct. 2022 From there, the storm was expected to slog north up the Florida peninsula, before lashing southern Georgia and the Carolinas with tropical storm-force winds and heavy rain. Drew Kann, ajc, 28 Sep. 2022 So this is a great way to gear out your alts without needing to slog through 48 more Solstice challenges. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 25 July 2022 Still, for the many of us, like myself, who slog through days and months filled with unbearable sadness or destabilizing mood disorders, the lack of a thoroughgoing solution is in itself despair-inducing. Daphne Merkin, The Atlantic, 10 July 2022 The film is positively loaded with scenes that should have a little more breathing room (in a couple instances, cuts happened immediately following important lines, as though Elvis couldn’t be bothered to slog through them). Jeff Ewing, Forbes, 24 June 2022
Noun
But Mazzulla acknowledged that can be difficult over the long slog of a season. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Jan. 2023 From there, the first half became a slog of shooting droughts. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 7 Jan. 2023 James' appeal for his colleagues to get behind Republican leader Kevin McCarthy for speaker failed to change a single vote through a third slog of a day on Thursday. Rick Klein, ABC News, 6 Jan. 2023 So Herro took the inbounds pass, got to his spot, lofted his shot, and created hope for a better start to 2023 than the slog of the first half of a Heat season that has yet to produce a record more than one game above .500. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 1 Jan. 2023 It's become cliche for NFL players to wear a chip on their shoulders, using the limitations created by others to push through the slog of injuries, position battles, team slumps, personal mishaps and roster crunches. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Dec. 2022 In the last dozen seasons, the Stanley Cup champion has generally been an elite team across the previous three seasons that happened to break through the slog and randomness of the NHL’s postseason to win the title. Dallas News, 16 Dec. 2022 The maternity clinic executive tells herself the slog is for an essential cause: victory. John Leicester, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Nov. 2022 The maternity clinic executive tells herself the slog is for an essential cause: victory. John Leicester, ajc, 27 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

origin unknown

First Known Use

Verb

1824, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of slog was in 1824

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Cite this Entry

“Slog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slog. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

slog

verb
ˈsläg
slogged; slogging
1
: to hit hard : beat
2
: to work in a steady determined manner
slogger noun

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