slew Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “slew” in the English Dictionary

"slew" in British English

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uk   us   /sluː/
past simple of slay

slewverb [I or T, + adv/prep]

uk   us   /sluː/
to ​turn or be ​turned round ​suddenly and ​awkwardly: The ​carhit a ​patch of ​ice and slewed aroundviolently. He slewed the ​van to the ​left to ​avoid the ​dog.

slewnoun [C usually singular]

uk   us   /sluː/ US informal
a ​largeamount or ​number: Savino has been ​charged with three ​murders as well as a whole slew of other crimes.
(Definition of slew from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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 us   /slu/

slew (KILL)

past simple ofslay

slewnoun [C usually sing]

 us   /slu/ infml

slew noun [C usually sing] (LARGE AMOUNT)

a ​largeamount or ​number: There’s a ​whole slew of new ​movies that I ​want to ​see.
(Definition of slew from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “slew”
in Spanish torcer…
in Vietnamese quay, xoay, vặn…
in Malaysian berpusing…
in Thai หมุน…
in French déraper…
in German sich drehen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 杀死, 残杀…
in Turkish katletmek' fiilinin geçmiş zaman hâli…
in Russian прош. вр. гл. slay…
in Indonesian membelok…
in Chinese (Traditional) 殺死, 殘殺…
in Polish -…
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