sling1 / sling/ • n. 1. a flexible strap or belt used in the form of a loop to support or raise a weight: the horse had to be supported by a sling fixed to the roof. ∎ a bandage or soft strap looped around the neck to support an injured arm: she had her arm in a sling. ∎ a pouch or frame for carrying a baby, supported by a strap around the neck or shoulders. ∎ a short length of rope used to provide additional support for the body in rappelling or climbing.2. a simple weapon in the form of a strap or loop, used to hurl stones or other small missiles.• v. (past slung / sləng/ ) 1. [tr.] suspend or arrange (something), esp. with a strap or straps, so that it hangs loosely in a particular position: a hammock was slung between two trees. ∎ carry (something, esp. a garment) loosely and casually: he had his jacket slung over one shoulder.2. [tr.] inf. throw; fling (often used to express the speaker's casual attitude): sling a few things into your knapsack. ∎ hurl (a stone or other missile) from a sling or similar weapon. ∎ hoist or transfer (something) with a sling: horse after horse was slung up from the barges.PHRASES: put someone's (or have one's) ass in a sling vulgar slang cause someone to be (or be) in trouble.sling hash inf. serve food in a cafe or diner.slings and arrows used with reference to adverse factors or circumstances: the slings and arrows of outrageous critics.DERIVATIVES: sling·er n.sling2 • n. a sweetened drink of liquor, esp. gin, and water. See also Singapore sling.
Hence vb. XVI.