slag (off)

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slag (off)

1. To criticize or upbraid someone in a harsh, insulting, and abusive manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "slag" and "off." 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. The boss slagged my idea off in front of everyone at the meeting.
2. To tease, mock, or ridicule someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "slag" and "off." 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. I had a feeling the other kids would slag off my clothes, but I didn't care.
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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 Gough roared: "If anyone slags us off now after a day like that, they want beheading,
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