slog

verb
\ˈsläg \
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

Mounted with a tech binding these boards are plenty light for long skin track slogs but can also handle any snow type or terrain with aplomb. The Editors, Outside Online, "In Search of the Best-Value Gear," 27 Apr. 2018 The Braves and Phillies are in a fight for the NL East title while the Nationals are slogging along in third place. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018 Forecasters said that Beryl would slog south — a huge relief to an island still recovering from Maria, the Category 4 hurricane that hit the U.S. territory in September and caused an estimated $100 billion in damage. NBC News, "Puerto Rico prepares for remnants of Beryl, as some still remain without power after hurricane," 8 July 2018 Brody’s five now, slogging through 40 hours of therapy a week, autistic and epileptic and as stubborn as the disease that, at its very worse, was causing him to have one or two seizures an hour. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Andrew Luck still has no pain in throwing shoulder," 27 June 2018 Rather than slog through the process of modeling every single accent and variable, Prasad says, Amazon has set Alexa’s parameters broadly enough to understand voices from Le Mans to Marseilles. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Inside Amazon's Painstaking Pursuit to Teach Alexa French," 13 June 2018 Watching an adult child slog through life without direction or ambition can be a tough pill to swallow. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "Separation can be a good thing, for both parent and offspring | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 Spring in Santa Fe is a time of baseball playoffs and grand-finale choir concerts, a final month when students slog through standardized tests that interest only their teachers, then rush out to Galveston beach houses. Alden Woods, USA TODAY, "Santa Fe High's disastrous year: From devastating floods to tragic school shooting," 22 May 2018 For the second straight start, Peralta slogged his way through a ragged first inning. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 5, Braves 4: A big third inning and a nice start for Freddy Peralta are enough," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Since Romney left office, Walker’s work has been a slog. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Unheralded advocate is taking a break," 7 June 2018 Yet the series does capture the excitement and crush of journalism today by throwing itself into an exhaustive news cycle: an endless slog of crisis after scandal after lie. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "Showtime's ‘The Fourth Estate’ shows how the ‘failing’ New York Times succeeds in the Trump era," 25 May 2018 Improving the lot of women who want jobs will be a hard slog. The Economist, "Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home," 5 July 2018 But coming back to work on Thursday can be a real slog. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best Amazon deals right now," 5 July 2018 And yet, The Lighthouse still feels like a slog at times due to the all too realistic depiction of the boredom and repetition that inevitably figures in the story. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lighthouse': Film Review," 4 July 2018 With nor’easter after nor’easter after nor’easter in March and even dustings of snow in April, this winter felt like an extra-long slog. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Banish winter with a chicken-pesto dinner tart, salad, and dessert," 20 Apr. 2018 After a slow-but-steady slog over the past eight years and 10 months, the U.S. economic expansion is now the second-longest on record. Vince Golle, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Expansion Reaches a New Milestone," 1 May 2018 Djokovic, a three-time Wimbledon singles champion, will play for a fourth title Sunday against Kevin Anderson , whose record-breaking, 6 1/2-hour semifinal slog Friday suddenly doesn't look so crippling. Sam Farmer, courant.com, "Djokovic Wins Another Marathon, Defeating Nadal In Wimbledon Semifinal," 14 July 2018

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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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More Definitions for slog

slog

verb

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

slog

noun

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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