slough off

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slough 1

 (slo͞o, slou) also slew (slo͞o)
1. A depression or hollow, usually filled with deep mud or mire.
2. also slue A swamp, marsh, bog, or pond, especially as part of a bayou, inlet, or backwater.
3. A state of deep despair or moral degradation.

[Middle English, from Old English slōh.]

slough′y adj.

slough 2

1. The dead outer skin shed by a reptile or amphibian.
2. Medicine A layer or mass of dead tissue separated from surrounding living tissue, as in a wound, sore, or inflammation.
3. An outer layer or covering that is shed or removed.
v. sloughed, slough·ing, sloughs
1. To be cast off or shed; come off: "smooth fallen branches from which all bark has sloughed" (David M. Carroll).
2. To shed a slough: every time that a snake sloughs.
3. Medicine To separate from surrounding living tissue. Used of dead tissue.
1. To cast off or shed (skin or a covering): came inside and sloughed off his coat.
2. To discard or disregard as undesirable or unfavorable: sloughed off her misgivings.
Phrasal Verb:
slough off
Slang To work less intensely than is required or expected.

[Middle English slughe; akin to Middle High German slūch, sluoch , sloughed off snake skin (Modern German Schlauch, hose, tire tube).]


A borough of southeast England, a residential and industrial suburb of London.

slough off

(tr, adverb) to cast off (cares, etc)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.slough off - discard as undesirable; "the candidate sloughed off his former campaign workers"
get rid of, remove - dispose of; "Get rid of these old shoes!"; "The company got rid of all the dead wood"
2.slough off - separate from surrounding living tissue, as in an abortion
practice of medicine, medicine - the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries; "he studied medicine at Harvard"
amputate, cut off - remove surgically; "amputate limbs"

slough off

verb shed, discard, throw off, cast off, divest yourself of She tried to slough off her old habits.

w>slough off

vt sep skin, cellsabstreifen; habits, caresabwerfen, abschütteln; (hum) husbandden Laufpass geben (+dat)

slough off

[ˌslʌfˈɒf] vt + adv
a. (subj, snake) to slough off its skinmutare pelle
b. (liter) (abandon, habit) → abbandonare
References in classic literature ?
Microscopically small had been the edges of the lung-tissue touched by the frost, but they now began to slough off, giving rise to a dry, hacking cough.
Best of all, if Sharon eventually wins her battle of the bulge in a big way, she can help inspire other very overweight people to free up to their own potentially risky health issues, and similarly slough off all of those excess pounds that are literally and figuratively dragging them down.
face of my desire : to slough off not mere extremity--but every
Slough off dead skin cells to make way for a real glow.
Do you wear it as a badge of honour or do you slough off the sKin of coal dust and Kes when you head south?
If you can't cut back on tea and coffee, choose a toothpaste with an exfoliation formula that'll slough off stains.
The smoothing body polish has natural rice exfoliators that really help to slough off dead skin followed by Cupuacu butter to smooth and condition.
Use an old toothbrush to gently slough off the dead skin that's sitting on your lips and mak ing them look flak y.
Rain was causing plaster to slough off of the Saenger Theatre's interiors, prompting the building's owner, Old Town Theatre Centre Inc.
His outdated stereotypical view seeks to recast nationalism back to the '70s as myopic and separatist, ignoring the will to slough off the dead hand of Westminster, south-east England bubble economics, and a Europe of smaller more flexible nations.
It works as a highly effective exfoliant to slough off dead skin, which results in a more youthful glow and minimizes the appearance of fine lines.
The slimy chemical, which becomes more viscous on contact with sea water, would regularly slough off, taking any hitchhiking critters with it.