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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Everyone slags us off but they won't be smiling the season after next when we get back to the Premiership.
And then Ian Watkins - the very guy I look up to most in the band - goes onto CD:UK and slags us off.
BEING CRITICISEDWe never retaliate when anyone slags us off.
Fired-up fast bowler Darren Gough, who grabbed three wickets, rapped: "If anyone slags us off now after a day like that, they want sorting out.
Fired-up Gough roared: "If anyone slags us off now after a day like that, they want beheading,