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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 someone. 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 surface soil will be dry by the evening and studies show this can reduce slug damage by up to 80 per cent.
Slugs can be found anywhere the temperature is higher than 5C.
The advantages of a rifled choke tube become more apparent past 50 yards with rifled slugs in a smoothbore.
If, during your slug patrols, you come across any leopard slugs - socalled for their distinctive markings - it might be better to leave them alone, as they are carnivorous and will eat other slugs.
A two-year study, led by zoologist Dr Ben Rowson from the National Museum of Wales and his colleagues, Cardiff University's Bill Symondson and Roy Anderson of the Conchological Society, has discovered eight new species of slug living in the British Isles.
Commercial baits are toxic to snails and slugs, but some varieties -- especially those containing metaldehyde -- can be harmful to children and pets.
Just what the slug (for now called Siphopteron species 1) gains by such injections isn't clear yet.
The plants which don''t seem to get attacked by slugs are the ones which have high levels of plant oils, such as rosemary, which has high levels of camphor, and lavender,explains Dr Bedford.
Almost any 12-gauge slug can be said to produce dramatic, traumatic wound channels, but the XP3 is particularly adept at doing so.
Don't throw slugs and snails over the neighbour's fence or into your garden refuse trug, he advises, because they will just escape and return to your plants.
Once nestled in the V-block, a formula is used to determine the slug's diameter, "A" is the measurement from the bottom of the block to the top of the slug.
When I first began hunting whitetail deer with shotgun slugs nearly 40 years ago, it was because I had to.
Twenty-five years after the birth of the Society for the Legitimization of the Ubiquitous Gastropod, after the crowning of Queen Bruce, the first-ever Slug Queen, our slimy bit of royalty is attracting interest far and wide.
Recently, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge created a robotic slug that crawls on slime, just like real slugs do.
Humans can become infected by eating the intermediate hosts, slugs and snails, of A.