slash at (someone or something)

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slash at (someone or something)

1. To swing a cutting weapon in a forceful thrusting or sweeping stroke in the direction of someone. I picked up the knife and slashed at the would-be mugger to chase him away.
2. To cut something repeatedly with forceful thrusting or sweeping strokes. I kept slashing at the rope with my pocket knife, trying desperately to free my foot from the submerged boat.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

slash (out) at someone

to thrust out at someone with a knife or something similar, with the intent of cutting. The attacker slashed out at his victim and then ran away. Max slashed at the cop with a pocketknife.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
It was he who snarled warningly at the younger members of the pack or slashed at them with his fangs when they ambitiously tried to pass him.
Henry Brattenburg, the butcher, who lived out that way, stopped him at the edge of the town and told him he was sure to meet the down train but Windpeter slashed at him with his whip and drove on.
He had perceived some movement perhaps; but at any rate he stood, and ever and again slashed at the fallen body.