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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

1. To physically fight. Watch out, there's two guys slugging it out in the back of the bar! I slugged it out with some guy last night and earned myself a black eye for my troubles.
2. To contend with someone or something for something. In such a big family, my siblings and I always have to slug it out for our parents' attention.
See also: out, 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

ˌslog/ˌslug it ˈout

(British English, informal) (of people, organizations, competitors, etc.) fight very hard until one person or group finally wins: The boxers slugged it out to the finish.The two teams will slog it out for second place.
In this idiom, slug and slog are both informal words meaning ‘to hit very hard’.
See also: out, slog, 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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The humid weather has become an ideal breeding ground for Spanish slugs, which are known to feast on plants as well as dead mice and even each other.
Slugs routinely destroy crops and plants, and more problematically for homeowners, leave slimy trails of destruction behind them.
Well, assorted plastic elements exit the barrel along with the slug and do so erratically--with surprising force.
The changing weather patterns - mild, wet winters and wet summers - have boosted slug populations, but the situation has been exacerbated by the loss of natural predators including hedgehogs, thrushes, frogs, toads and ground beetles, which feed on slugs and help retain the balance of nature, he says.
It is believed the average British garden contains more than 20,000 slugs and snails.
Other species identified by the study include Tandonia Cristata, a root-eating slug that could pose a potential threat to potatoes and carrots.
Slugs are essentially snails without shells, Dill said.
This head strike drives the stylet into the region of the slug's central nervous system, and the slow pulses pump compounds from one slug into the other.
It''s better to go on slug patrol early morning and at dusk, preferably after rain, as these huge slugs are highly visible, and pick them off before putting them into a bucket of water containing detergent which will cause them to sink, he advises.
The slug impacted slightly high on the shoulder, passing through heavy muscle, both scapulas, and jellying the vitals.
Let's see, we have a Browning slug gun with a pretty walnut stock "made better" to shoot two-inch groups?
They will take advantage of any warm, wet weather to breed and often you find slug and snail eggs in damp and sheltered situations.
And don't let the slug bounce off the floor as it exits the barrel as being so soft it will be deformed.
If you haven't tried or witnessed new-generation slug ammunition or slug firearms in action, you may scoff, but the fact is, the world has changed.