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Meaning of “slash” in the English Dictionary

"slash" in British English

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slashverb

uk   us   /slæʃ/
[I or T] to ​cut with a ​sharpblade using a ​quick, ​strongmovement: The ​museum was ​broken into last ​night and several ​paintings were slashed. She ​tried to ​commitsuicide by slashing her wrists. We had to slash (​our way) through the ​longgrass to ​clear a ​path. [T] informal to very much ​reduce something, such as ​money or ​jobs: Prices have been slashed by 50 ​percent!

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slashnoun

uk   us   /slæʃ/
  • slash noun (CUT)

a ​long, ​deepcut [C] a ​fast, ​longmovement to ​hit something: Ben took a ​wild slash at the ​ball and ​luckilymanaged to ​hit it. [C] a ​decorativeopening in a ​piece of ​clothing, often with a different ​colourshowing through it: My new ​dress is ​paleblue, with a ​darkblue slash in the ​sleeves.
  • slash noun (TOILET)

[S] UK slang the ​act of going to the ​toilet and ​urinating
(Definition of slash from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slash" in American English

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slashverb

 us   /slæʃ/
  • slash verb (REDUCE)

[T] to ​reduce an ​amount by a lot: Airfares have been slashed on most ​domesticroutes.
  • slash verb (CUT)

[I/T] to ​cut someone or something with a ​sharpblade in a ​quick, ​swingingaction: [I] Arauz slashed through ​brush with a ​machete.

slashnoun [C]

 us   /slæʃ/
  • slash noun [C] (SLOPING LINE)

a ​mark in the ​form of a ​slopingline (/), used in ​signs to ​mean not ​permitted, and to ​separatenumbers or words: The no-parking ​sign had a ​red slash through a ​picture of a ​car. Fractions are often written with slashes, for ​example 2/3.
  • slash noun [C] (REDUCTION)

a ​large reduction in an ​amount: a slash in ​prices
(Definition of slash from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"slash" in Business English

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slashverb [T]

uk   us   /slæʃ/ COMMERCE
to ​reduce the ​number or ​level of something by a large ​amount suddenly: American ​businesses slashed 200,000 ​jobs in September. slash ​prices/​costs/​ratesslash sth from sth The ​retailgiant is slashing €65m from ​prices.

slashnoun [C]

uk   us   /slæʃ/
the ​symbol (/), used to show a ​range of possibilities, or between the two ​numbers of a ​fraction: The ​address for this web ​pagestarts with ​http: and two slashes. Two thirds is written as 2 slash 3.
(Definition of slash from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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