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Definition 1: (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent - [noun denoting quantity]

Samples where slew or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a batch of letters
  • a deal of trouble
  • a lot of money
  • he made a mint on the stock market
  • see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos
  • it must have cost plenty
  • a slew of journalists
  • a wad of money

Synonyms for slew in the sense of this definition

(slew is a kind of ...) an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude

(... is a kind of slew ) an overwhelming number or amount

"a flood of requests" "a torrent of abuse"

(... is a kind of slew ) a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation

Definition 2: turn sharply; change direction abruptly - [verb of motion]

Samples where slew or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The car cut to the left at the intersection
  • The motorbike veered to the right

Synonyms for slew in the sense of this definition

(slew is a kind of ...) change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

"Turn towards me" "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face" "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"

(... is a kind of slew ) leave a formation

(... is a kind of slew ) swerve off course momentarily

"the ship yawed when the huge waves hit it"

Definition 3: move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner - [verb of motion]

Samples where slew or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the wheels skidded against the sidewalk

Synonyms for slew in the sense of this definition

(slew is a kind of ...) move smoothly and effortlessly

(... is a kind of slew ) move forward or under in a sliding motion

"The child was injured when he submarined under the safety belt of the car"

(... is a kind of slew ) slide without control

"the car skidded in the curve on the wet road"

(... is a kind of slew ) slide sideways through the air in a downward direction in an airplane along an inclined lateral axis

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