slog

verb
\ ˈsläg How to pronounce slog (audio) \
slogged; slogging

Definition of slog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

slog

noun

Definition of slog (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from slog

Verb

slogger noun

Examples of slog in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Being the lead running back, the one who occasionally has to slog through times when gaining 2 yards feels like accomplishment, often can be harder. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, "The Cardinals and their running game need more Chase Edmonds," 12 Oct. 2020 Crisp pacing condensed what had been a three-hour-plus nightly slog into a tighter two hours. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Takeaways from Democratic National Convention: Big tent, good TV, light on policy," 20 Aug. 2020 Three of the books were fairly good (one was really great), but one was really hard to slog through. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live (August 14)," 14 Aug. 2020 Emergency workers had to slog through heavy mud to retrieve bodies by wrapping them in the plastic sheets, which were then hung on crossed wooden poles shouldered by the recovery teams. BostonGlobe.com, "Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 162 people," 2 July 2020 Yet the sense of fatigue for those fortunate enough to slog away from their home offices, bedrooms or kitchens is real. CBS News, "Half of Americans burned out on working from home," 24 June 2020 In the room next door, another judge hired to slog through the backlog of cases moved through an additional five cases per hour. Marina Starleaf Riker, ExpressNews.com, "Bexar County courts hold eviction court once again," 15 June 2020 The Ugashik is a muddy world, where fishermen slog through knee-deep muck to secure nets along the edge of the river at low tide. Miranda Weiss, Wired, "In Alaska, Summer's Getting Too Hot for the Salmon Run," 13 June 2020 Delta Vasquez, 22, spent several hours trying to slog through Oregon’s unemployment claims portal on Monday night after she was laid off from her hosting position at Bamboo Sushi in Portland. New York Times, "Coronavirus Layoff Surge Overwhelms Unemployment Offices," 19 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the Vikings turned Sunday night’s 27-26 loss into a slog for a high-flying offense. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Film review: Vikings' calls, secondary held down Russell Wilson, until they didn't," 13 Oct. 2020 Here are some quick thoughts from the Saints’ prime-time, overtime slog. Luke Johnson, NOLA.com, "What we learned, what's trending and final thoughts from the Saints 30-27 overtime win," 12 Oct. 2020 While SpaceX has zipped through tests and launches at light speed, it's been a bit of a slog for Blue Origin, which conducted the first test of its New Shepard rocket on April 29, 2015. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "LIVE: Watch Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin Launch New Shepard Rocket," 24 Sep. 2020 Ratched doesn't even really work as trashy escapism, since the earlier episodes are a bit of a slog, and a sense of joylessness pervades throughout. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Shock treatment: Ratched is a stylishly gruesome soap opera dialed up to 11," 23 Sep. 2020 What might have been his swan song season — the final year of a 7-year, $130 million dollar deal — has been more of a slog. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "Shin-Soo Choo’s selflessness may lead him away from baseball, or, keep him in the game," 4 Sep. 2020 Although the book is sometimes a bit of a slog, Brown has succeeded admirably in bringing together in one volume so much important research. Diane Cole, Washington Post, "In music, imprisoned Jews found comfort, dignity and sometimes a lifeline," 28 Aug. 2020 Having reached the finish line of a dramatic, multi-year slog to pass a new policy, pro-vaccine lawmakers were clearly relieved Saturday. Alex Burness, The Denver Post, "Colorado passes bill to improve low vaccine rates," 13 June 2020 The exasperating slog lasted longer than current droughts for all but the Marlins (2003) and Mariners (2001). Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Bruce Bochy, Adrian Gonzalez revisit Padres’ last playoff trip in 2006," 19 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of slog

Verb

1824, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for slog

Verb

origin unknown

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Last Updated

19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Slog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slog. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for slog

slog

verb
How to pronounce slog (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of slog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal
: to keep doing something even though it is difficult or boring : to work at something in a steady, determined way
: to walk slowly usually with heavy steps

slog

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slog (Entry 2 of 2)

informal
: a long period of hard work or effort
: a long, difficult walk

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