the slings and arrows

slings and arrows

Criticisms or judgments. Now that you're the boss, get ready to face slings and arrows from everyone who is unhappy with your company.
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slings and arrows

mainly BRITISH, LITERARY
Slings and arrows are bad things that happen to you and that are not your fault. She seemed generally unable to cope with the slings and arrows of life. He endured the usual slings and arrows of a life lived in the media spotlight. Note: This expression comes from the line the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, in Shakespeare's play `Hamlet'. People sometimes use this line in full. Ah well, we all have to bear the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Note: This is a quotation from a speech in Shakespeare's play `Hamlet', where Hamlet is considering whether or not to kill himself: `To be, or not to be - that is the question; Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them?' (Act 3, Scene 1)
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slings and arrows

adverse factors or circumstances.
This expression is taken from the ‘to be or not to be’ speech in Hamlet: ‘Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them’.
2001 Ian J. Deary Intelligence The genetic lottery and the environmental slings and arrows influence the level of some of our mental capabilities.
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the ˌslings and ˈarrows (of something)

the problems and difficulties (of something): As a politician you have to deal with the slings and arrows of criticism from the newspapers.This comes from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet: ‘the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’.
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slings and arrows

Difficulties or hardships.
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No one runs so hurriedly to the cover of respectability as the unconventional woman who has exposed herself to the slings and arrows of outraged propriety.
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Following an extended battle with the slings and arrows of leukaemia, she graduated to heaven in the early hours of November 1st.
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The only problem is: her status won't protect her from the slings and arrows of the world--or from unwelcome suitors.
Appel satirizes jingoism in the decade following tragedy through the slings and arrows that rain on his main character.
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Now, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg must convince his own party to accept the slings and arrows that accompany power, instead of longing for the peaceful slumber of opposition.
But Team GB were left to curse the slings and arrows of fortune in running into a Ukraine team in supreme form, and the highest score of the round earning them a 223-212 win.
"These are the slings and arrows - I'm not looking for sympathy, I just thought that one was a little bit cruel."
She's generated buzz and drawn in younger audiences, but also suffered the slings and arrows of patrons unhappy with her radical rejiggering of a company best known (in its Robert Brustein days) as a leading light of avant-garde reinter-pretations of the classics.
I should be used, by now, to what Shakespeare called "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.'' I've never had an outrageous fortune and the slings and arrows seem to be coming at me in volleys.
The only thing to do in this situation Sheila, is to hold your head up high and carry on, remote from the slings and arrows slung by less moral people.
However, he struggles to maintain his usual detachment from Consuela, exposing him to the slings and arrows of misfortune.
Hopefully he'll help put a smile on the faces of those residents who are struggling to cope with the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune which life is throwing at them at the moment.