\ 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



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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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 With the aid of a big German off-road vehicle, one usually used to take tourists around the wild places of the island, Hopper and his team managed to slog through Lucaya National Park and reach the cays on Wednesday, the day after the storm. Dan Sweeney,, "As a Bahamas school prepares to reopen, a teacher is still on search and rescue," 10 Sep. 2019 Operation Damage Control Every year, the icebreaker Polar Star slogs 11,500 miles from Seattle to Antarctica to reach scientific bases. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The madness of mass shootings," 5 Aug. 2019 But the actors really did slog it out in the fake torrential rains for two weeks. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "How 'Hobbs & Shaw' shot those Chernobyl nuclear power plant scenes," 3 Aug. 2019 At Wimbledon the previous year, Pancho Gonzalez and Charlie Pasarell had slogged it out for five hours in their first-round tie. B.f., The Economist, "What is a tiebreak?," 16 July 2019 As the economy surges, traffic congestion, measured as the time a car spends slogging along at 35 miles an hour or slower on the freeway, has gone up, increasing 80 percent between 2010 and 2017. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "Oakland to Palo Alto in 10 minutes? Yeah, you can do that: Here’s how.," 10 July 2019 The rookie right-hander, who'd been mostly dazzling over four prior starts for the Milwaukee Brewers, slogged through an awful first inning before regaining his bearings and putting together a solid final four. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reds 8, Brewers 2: Freddy Peralta struggles early, gets little help from the offense," 1 July 2018 The Reds have slogged their way to a mere .666 OPS since Aug. 28. Skip Snow, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs odds, picks and best bets," 16 Sep. 2019 Denver’s offense stalled as Murray struggled, slogging through quarters behind a slate of contested midrange jumpers. Michael Shapiro,, "Can the Nuggets Keep Pace in the Western Conference Title Hunt?," 30 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brewing is an exhausting industry, especially at a small brewery like Argus, where capturing hearts, minds and sales is a slog. Josh Noel,, "Chicago craft beer pioneer Golden Prairie returns 20 years later. Has its time passed or finally arrived?," 12 Sep. 2019 Though the run game was a slog, the running backs provided a passing outlet for quarterback Brian Lewerke, with Heyward and Jefferson combining for 57 yards on five catches. Chase Michaelson, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State's Connor Heyward, Mark Dantonio: RBs could have been better, too," 31 Aug. 2019 Quarterback, offensive line and defense present question marks for USD USD’s football team boarded buses Friday morning for a long slog to San Luis Obispo, where today the Toreros open their 57th season against Cal Poly. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Toreros looking for answers in season opener against Cal Poly," 30 Aug. 2019 Last year was a slog, as Togiai was recovering from two offseason ankle surgeries, then a knee setback during training camp., "A frisky-feeling Noah Togiai could elevate Oregon State’s tight end play in a big way: Day 7 recap," 8 Aug. 2019 The bowl⁠ — a dense, sluggish welter of fibrous things⁠ — is a slog. Patricia Escárcega,, "Review: The Farmhouse at Roger's Gardens suffers from convoluted cooking," 19 June 2019 Maybe in a future draft of the play, the rescue journey won’t be such a slog. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "No shoo-in success for two new plays about female artists," 12 June 2019 The 2017 cup run was undoubtedly the highlight of the club's season, which was a slog in league play as FCC lost 10 matches in the regular season. Patrick Brennan,, "FC Cincinnati looks to US Open Cup match against Louisville City FC for a spark," 11 June 2019 For as much as the Jets resembled the Browns from 2016 and 2017, there were stretches where this game was a slog for the Browns on the offensive side. Dan Labbe,, "Browns win, but questions remain with Rams coming to town," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of slog


1824, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for slog


origin unknown

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24 Oct 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of slog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



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

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

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