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slag (someone) (off)

1. To criticise or upbraid someone in a harsh, insulting, and abusive manner. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. I wish the boss would offer some constructive criticism instead of just slagging us when something goes wrong. Each night, I can hear the woman next door slagging off her husband.
2. To tease, mock, or ridicule someone. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. Ah, don't take everything so personally, I'm only slagging you! It took me a while to get used to the way Sarah's family slags each other off all the time.
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It does seem to be a knee-jerk reaction to slag off all politicians and call them a waste of space and money.
SIR - In response to former Labour AM Tom Middlehurst doesn't it speak volumes that he manages to slag off Plaid Cymru AMs for refusing their 8.
HOWDID that so-called comedian Tarbuck have the front to stand on the stage at the Liverpool Empire and slag off the people of the city of Liverpool for being thieves?
I don't want to slag off the players but I am saying we were very disappointed.
It is our choice whether we want to just continue to skim the slag off the top of the furnace by focusing on the easy problems that others most solve or dig into what is immersed in the molten metal that we can solve ourselves.
Opposition parties this week jumped on a bandwagon to slag off the National Assembly's free school breakfast scheme.
A couple of months ago whizzkid Melbourne architect Sean Godsell was apparently getting it from the local architectural institute for daring in the press to slag off 'Smart-arse architecture that shocks you once', referring, I gather, to some recent proto-blob architecture in his city.
Keith said: "People don't slag off the Bee Gees, The Beatles or anyone else who proved they had talent.
Politika is considered the mouthpiece of the government and there you go and slag off Clinton
Sir, - I suppose it's fair game to slag off the Tories for the decimation of the NHS but isn't the MP for Edgbaston (Post, Mar 14) stretching the truth by stating that it is a Labour Government delivering a new hospital for Birmingham?
It's easy to slag off Labour for opening up the voting for a new leader but their only mistake was to trust people.
Still, those who slag off their wee girl North West should lay off the insults.
These same people constantly slag off Mike Ashley and yet don't want to do anything about him or his regime.
IN REPLY to Patrick Leonard (Letters, April 3), he says Jim Hampton and I always slag off the coalition government.
I do not slag off areas on a whole, I have never had any major problems with people from Eston or any other areas, that I could comment on.