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slug away (at something)

To continue trying or working diligently (at something); to plug away (at something). I'm really not very good at math, but I've got to keep slugging away if I want to get into an engineering program. John's been slugging away at the new project, but I don't think he's enjoying it very much.
See also: away, slug

slug it out

to fight something out; to argue intensely about something. They finally went outside to slug it out. We'll just have to sit down in the conference room and slug it out.
See also: out, slug

slug it out

to compete against someone or something for first or highest position Will the rest of the country find these teams interesting enough to watch them slug it out on TV for seven games? Two new mystery novels are slugging it out in the bookstores.
Related vocabulary: duke it out
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of slug it out (to fight, esp. by hitting with the hands)
See also: out, slug

slug

1. n. a drink of liquor; a shot of whiskey. Have a slug of this stuff. It will—I’m sorry to say, ma’am—put hair on your chest. A couple more slugs and he was ready to face the huge bull-necked ruffian.
2. n. a bullet. Marlowe sent a couple of slugs into Rocko’s chest. Rocko crumpled soundlessly.

slug it out

tv. to fight something out; to fight about something figuratively. We’ll just have to sit down in the conference room and slug it out.
See also: out, slug

slugged

mod. alcohol intoxicated. I’m slugged—skunked, you know, corned. And I think I am going to sick up. Ted realized that he was slugged out of his mind, but tried to get the bartender to serve him another drink.
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In 2009, the National Museum warned gardeners to be aware of the carnivorous ghost slug, discovered in a garden in Cardiff and is believed to have arrived from Turkey.
Slugs and snails prefer feeding on soft-leaved plants, although they will eat whatever is available.
The new paper focuses on the consistent forehead targeting, but what Schilthuizen finds more intriguing is the paper's observation that species 1 and four other Siphopteron slugs differ considerably in injection sites.
Late spring frosts killed off a lot of them, but this may just be offsetting the plague that could follow - we need late spring frosts and early winters to kill off juvenile slugs to keep numbers down.
THERE'S no doubt about it - slugs and snails are having a field day thanks to all the rain we've had, eating bedding plants, chomping on vegetables and munching their way through gardens throughout North Wales.
This is a new thing, and also a good thing, since there are many states and intrastate hunting zones in this country where a slug gun is still the only deer-hunting firearm allowed by law.
Surprisingly, now he's learned that the sea slugs aren't simply stealing what they need to do this from the algae.
Previous observations of this nest indicated the female was extraordinarily wary, and may have been too skittish or inattentive to attack or drive off the slug.
When the sea slug feeds on its favorite seaweed, it swallows the plants' chloroplasts and stores them in its gut.
In This Slimy Political Contest, The Winner is Crowned Slug Queen," read the headline at the bottom of the Journal's Monday front page, below stories with headlines such as "Lawmakers Battle Over Bailout" and "Investment Banks Look for Partners.
CONTRARY to comments made by Neil Wyatt in the Sunday Mercury, there is no evidence that the proper use of slug pellets in domestic gardens has any effect on wild mammals or birds.
MUM Sarah Cook went out for lunch at a Slug and Lettuce pub - and bit on a live slug hidden in her lettuce.
We purchased a lettuce head that had been reportedly treated with molluscicides at the Coronation Market and found a small slug inside.