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slough

noun
variants: also slew or slue

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(Entry 1 of 3)

spongy land saturated or partially covered with water
  • the land for miles around the lake is strewn with ponds, sloughs, and mudflats

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slough

verb (1)

Synonyms & Antonyms of slough (Entry 2 of 3)

to move heavily or clumsily
  • the unpleasant task of sloughing through the muck to retrieve the ball

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slough

verb (2)
variants: also sluff

Synonyms of slough (Entry 3 of 3)

to cast (a natural bodily covering or appendage) aside
  • the snake is sloughing its old skin

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Verb (1)

discard, cast, shed, slough, scrap, junk mean to get rid of. discard implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless. discard old clothes cast, especially when used with off, away, or out, implies a forceful rejection or repudiation. cast off her friends shed and slough imply a throwing off of something both useless and encumbering and often suggest a consequent renewal of vitality or luster. shed a bad habit finally sloughed off the depression scrap and junk imply throwing away or breaking up as worthless in existent form. scrap all the old ways would junk our educational system

Verb (2)

discard, cast, shed, slough, scrap, junk mean to get rid of. discard implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless. discard old clothes cast, especially when used with off, away, or out, implies a forceful rejection or repudiation. cast off her friends shed and slough imply a throwing off of something both useless and encumbering and often suggest a consequent renewal of vitality or luster. shed a bad habit finally sloughed off the depression scrap and junk imply throwing away or breaking up as worthless in existent form. scrap all the old ways would junk our educational system

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“Slough.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/slough. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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