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Meaning of “slug” in the English Dictionary

"slug" in British English

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slugnoun [C]

uk   us   /slʌɡ/
  • slug noun [C] (BULLET)

informal a ​bullet: The ​poorguywound up with a slug in his ​stomach.
  • slug noun [C] (COIN)

US a ​piece of ​metal used ​instead of a ​coin for putting in ​machines

slugverb [T]

uk   us   /slʌɡ/ (-gg-)
(Definition of slug from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slug" in American English

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slugnoun [C]

 us   /slʌɡ/
  • slug noun [C] (CREATURE)

a ​smallanimal with a ​softbody like a ​snail without a ​shell If you say that someone is a slug, you ​mean that the ​person would ​rather do very little or nothing at all: I ​suppose you ​think I’m a slug for not ​helping.
  • slug noun [C] (BULLET)

infml a ​bullet
  • slug noun [C] (DRINK)

infml an ​amount of a ​drink that ​fillsyourmouth: She took a ​huge slug of very ​coldwater.
  • slug noun [C] (COIN)

a ​piece of ​metal used ​instead of a ​coin in a ​machine: The new ​tollmachines will ​reject slugs.

slugverb [T]

 us   /slʌɡ/ (-gg-) infml
  • slug verb [T] (HIT)

to ​hit someone hard; ​punch: He made me so ​mad I ​wanted to slug him. If you slug a ​baseball, you ​hit it very hard.
(Definition of slug from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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