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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Rose Baker, 24, urged patients to "take a second to think before you slag us all off ".
A common complaint from superiors in my time working for clubs was "why should we invite these people into our home ground, free of charge, taking up the most expensive seats, when all they do is slag us off?" One executive even totted up the cost; an average of 30 journalists per game costing PS10 each for a parking space they could otherwise have sold to the public, and PS30 for a prime match ticket.
I'm astonished that Guy Opperman can slag us off when we are offering the parents every help and assistance to get the solution that is acceptable to them.
The young players slag us now - saying we always mention the 'spirit of '99' in interviews!
It makes no sense therefore to slag us as deniers or sub-humans, or even, it must be said, Nazi thinkers.
I have always loved this city and am one of the people who sit up and argue and defend the place when others in the national press feel the need to slag us off.
They enjoy a glass of red wine in my office and say nice things to my face, and then slag us off in front of the TV cameras.
They just got us on air to run us down and slag us off, not to listen to what we had to say.
Yes, we can get the hump when people from other countries slag us off.
What 'mutual consent' really means in football parlance is: 'you go, we will pay you the loot (or some of it!) on your contract but you must agree not to slag us off in public.'
He emailed: "Rangers fans trying to slag us for the result against Barca is the equivalent of a homeless person criticising the curtains in your house."
Joe Lenzie tells us: "We love when people slag us off.
"People can boo and slag us off and say whatever they want, but every time we go out on the pitch nobody can fault us for effort - we give everything we have every time we play."
Before anyone else can slag us off we have proba bly done it,been there and got the answer printed on a T-shirt.That, actually, is part of our cul-ture,and we should turn that to our advantage.
Daniel phoned me and said: 'Please don't slag us off'.