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slur over (something)

1. To say certain words with unclear, indistinct, or unintelligible pronunciation. I wasn't sure of the correct way to pronounce some of the more complicated chemical compounds, so I just slurred over their names during my presentation. When pressed for clarification by the reporter, the senator slurred over most of her response before declaring that she was late for a meeting.
2. To discuss, treat, approach, or deal with something in a very superficial, careless, or evasive manner. The government has been slurring over this issue for years, but the time has finally come for us to do something about it! Tom always slurs over any problems he has at home.
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slur over something

1. Lit. to avoid saying difficult or crucial words by mumbling them; to speak over words unclearly. The speaker slurred over so many words that we didn't know what she was saying. Unfortunately, Ted slurred over many of the important parts of his speech.
2. Fig. to avoid talking about or mentioning an issue. The mayor slurred over the major issue of the day. she slurred over the major problems.
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For example, the expression, "failing public schools," has been described as a racial slur by implication (Travis, 2013, pp.
They add more challenge for the advancing guitarist to the slurs and chromatic octaves that were part of the original publication.
It could be pointed out that even when a slur is not used--for example, when it is merely mentioned--it turns out as derogatory (Anderson and Lepore 2013a, b).
Now that saying something mean gets you in more trouble than doing something mean, I recommend we fashion future slur rehab technology on The Sarah Silverman Program.
Paper Drops Ann Coulter Column Over Her Use of Slur
2, where on several occasions in Haydn's autograph the articulation of two-note slur plus staccato note in the chromatic descent within the fugal first subject is met by a three-note slur in another part.
This is a foul slur on a reputation nurtured over many years with the assistance of countless bottles of gin.
Police executives understand that ethnic slurs, racial epithets, sexist insults, and other expressions of bigotry are morally indefensible and have no rightful place in public service.
During work on Brahms's Violin Concerto, Joachim marked some bowings with dots under a slur.
This resulted in a huge Twitter reaction where many people mocked Trump for the slur in the speech.
That this sobriquet is a racial slur does not diminish Snyder's right to use it.
and (2) below, "when S is a slur normally used to target blacks" (p.
All three players said sorry via a club statement but boss Alex McLeish said: "It's a slur on the club.
Alan Leighton, secretary of the referees' trade union Prospect, said: "We want this slur against Martin's character, and referees as a whole, withdrawn.