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  • (mostly British) slew


Unknown. Attested from the late 18th century.



slue (third-person singular simple present slues, present participle sluing or slueing, simple past and past participle slued)

  1. (transitive, nautical) To rotate something on an axis.
    • 1841, B.J. Totten, Naval Text-Book[1], page 10:
      raise the boom [] then slue it by a slue-rope on its heel, until the square hole in the cap is fair with the tenon
  2. (transitive) To turn something sharply.
    • 1861, Charles Dickens, Great Expectations[2]:
      [] then he incidentally spat and said something to the other convict, and they laughed, and slued themselves round with a clink of their coupling manacle,
  3. (intransitive) To rotate on an axis; to pivot.
  4. (intransitive) To slide off course; to skid.



slue (plural slues)

  1. The act of sluing or the place to which something has slued.
  2. A slough; a run or wet place.