slue

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v slue move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner "the wheels skidded against the sidewalk"
    • v slue turn sharply; change direction abruptly "The car cut to the left at the intersection","The motorbike veered to the right"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n slue A slough; a run or wet place. See 2d Slough, 2.
    • Slue In general, to turn about; to twist; -- often used reflexively and followed by round. "They laughed, and slued themselves round."
    • n Slue See Sloough, 2.
    • Slue (Naut) To turn about a fixed point, usually the center or axis, as a spar or piece of timber; to turn; -- used also of any heavy body.
    • v. i Slue To turn about; to turn from the course; to slip or slide and turn from an expected or desired course; -- often followed by round.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • slue Nautical, to turn round, as a mast or boom about its axis, without removing it from its place.
    • slue To turn or twist about: often followed by round and used reflexively.
    • slue To turn about; turn or swing round: often followed by round.
    • n slue The turning of a body upon an axis within its figure: as, he gave his chair a slue to the left.
    • n slue A variant spelling (also slew, sloo) of dough in its second pronunciation.
    • n slue A considerable quantity: as, if you want wood, there's a slue of it on the pavement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Slue slū (naut.) to turn anything about its axis without removing it from its place: to turn or twist about
    • v.i Slue to turn round:—pr.p. slū′ing; pa.p. slūed
    • n Slue the turning of a body upon an axis within its figure
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prov. E. slew, to turn round, Scot. to lean or incline to a side; cf. Icel. sna, to turn, bend

Usage

In literature:

We boarded the river steamboat "Cocopah," towing a barge loaded with soldiers, and steamed away for the slue.
"Vanished Arizona" by Martha Summerhayes
Morse v. Slue is cited and relied on, and there is no hint of dissatisfaction with the other cases.
"The Common Law" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Then Marigold and I will slue this one round, and then we'll send him a tow.
"The Red Planet" by William J. Locke
It is what the river-men call a "slue channel"; and we had to take frequent soundings to follow it.
"Virginia: The Old Dominion" by Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
There was danger also that the tow-line might slue both men into the icy waters and upset the boat.
"Dan Merrithew" by Lawrence Perry
Sometimes a single missile would slue its way in through everything and end with a sob against the inside wall.
"Indiscreet Letters From Peking"
One short iron or wooden bolt, to keep the piece on the right slue.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
Pull port, back starboard, and slue the boat round with her nose toward them.
"The Congo Rovers" by Harry Collingwood
To raise, or slue, weighty bodies by means of a lever purchase or power.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The man with the slue-foot would not have returned had he found the pearls on his moribund partner.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
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In poetry:

Across the plain we jog along
Over gully, swamp, and billabong;
We drop on a mob pretty lively, too
We round ’em up and give ’em a slue.
"Song of the Squatter" by Anonymous Oceania
Chorus: So early in the morning, etc.
Across the plain we jog along
Over gully, swamp, and billabong;
We drop on a mob pretty lively, too;
We round 'em up and give 'em a slue.
"Mustering Song" by Anonymous Oceania
They are whipping and cursing the horses. Lord!
What brutes men are when they think they're scored.
Behind, my bay gelding gallops with me,
In a steaming sweat, it is fine to see
That coach, all claret, and gold, and blue,
Hop about and slue.
"The Exeter Road" by Amy Lowell

In news:

Betty Taylor, right, played "Slue Foot Sue" in the Disneyland live stage show of the "Golden Horseshoe Revue " for nearly 45,000 performances for more than 30 years beginning in 1956.
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