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slew 1

also slue  (slo͞o)
n. Informal
A large amount or number; a lot: a slew of unpaid bills.

[Irish Gaelic sluagh, multitude, from Old Irish slúag.]

slew 2

A past tense of slay.

slew 3

Variant of slough1.

slew 4

also slue  (slo͞o) slewed, slew·ing, slews also slued or slu·ing or slues
1. To turn (something) on an axis; rotate: slewed the swivel chair around; slewing the boom of a crane.
2. To turn sharply; veer: braked and slewed the car around.
1. To turn about an axis: "The violet eyes slewed from door to window as if desperate for escape" (P.D. James).
2. To turn or slide sideways or off course; skid.
The act of slewing.

[Origin unknown.]
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(postpositive) slang Brit intoxicated; drunk
[C19: from slew2]
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adj pred (inf)voll (inf), → besoffen (inf); to get slewedsich volllaufen lassen (inf)
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[sluːd] adj (Brit) (old) (fam) → sbronzo/a
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References in periodicals archive ?
Meanwhile, a North Sea ferry on the Tyne broke free of its moorings and slewed across the river at North Shields.
When the motors slewed at the top speed the mount took less than a minute to move between objects on opposite sides of the sky.