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slash (slæʃ Pronunciation for slash


verb (transitive)

  1. to cut or lay about (a person or thing) with sharp sweeping strokes, as with a sword, knife, etc
  2. to lash with a whip
  3. to make large gashes in   ⇒ to slash tyres
  4. to reduce (prices, etc) drastically
  5. (mainly US) to criticize harshly
  6. to slit (the outer fabric of a garment) so that the lining material is revealed
  7. to clear (scrub or undergrowth) by cutting


  1. a sharp, sweeping stroke, as with a sword or whip
  2. a cut or rent made by such a stroke
  3. a decorative slit in a garment revealing the lining material
  4. (US & Canadian)
    1. littered wood chips and broken branches that remain after trees have been cut down
    2. an area so littered
  5. Also called: diagonal, forward slash, separatrix, shilling mark, solidus, stroke, virgule. a short oblique stroke used in text to separate items of information, such as days, months, and years in dates (18/7/80), alternative words ( and/or), numerator from denominator in fractions ( 55/103), etc
  6. (British, slang) the act of urinating (esp in the phrase have a slash)
  7. a genre of erotic fiction written by women, to appeal to women

Word Origin

C14 slaschen, perhaps from Old French esclachier to break

Translations for 'slash'

  • British English: slash If you slash something, you make a long, deep cut in it. VERBSomebody slashed the tyres of the van.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: cortar
  • Chinese:
  • European Spanish: rajar
  • French: taillader
  • German: aufschlitzen
  • Italian: squarciare
  • Japanese: ざっくり切る
  • Korean: > 베다깊숙이
  • Portuguese: cortar
  • Spanish: rajar

Example Sentences Including 'slash'

As hotels cut staff and slash working hours, families are being hit.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Gas surged 28 per cent last week on concern that cold weather would slash inventories to the lowest ever.
Globe and Mail (2003)
He smiled ruefully, noting the slash in the sleeve of the Yves St Laurent jacket on the chair next to him.
Higgins, Jack Confessional
He'd dried and fed himself, having bandaged the bleeding slash across his upper arm.
Thomas, Craig The Last Raven
If he hooked up with Remington, his starting salary would undergo a 20 % slash.
Kiam, Victor Going For It!: How to Succeed As an Entrepreneur
In the long term, vaccines against HPV should slash the incidence of cervical cancer (New Scientist print edition, 20 November 2004).
New Scientist (2004)
Police hope the additional use of cameras will help slash the number of people involved in serious accidents.
Liverpool Daily Post and Echo (2005)
The scar on his cheek was infected now: a suppurating slash.
Pritchard, John Night Sisters


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