slag (someone) (off)

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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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You write a joking email slagging someone off then accidentally send it right to them.
The people who perpetuate nonsense in newspapers and clearly want nothing more than a nefarious tale or the people that read it "Everyone is aware that we are just slagging someone off.
When it comes to office gossip the best thing to do is try not to get involved, because inevitably while you are slagging someone off behind their backs they are doing the same to you.
With no means of clawing his way into the papers apart from slagging someone off, the moody Oasis star has decided to have another pop at Rob.
I'd never dream of slagging someone off just because of the way they look.
Brian McGhee, Elderslie, said: "I find it ironic that McCulloch is slagging someone off for putting in a bad tackle when he's made a career of battering people, throwing elbows and making snidey wee tackles on people.