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Topic: WEAPONS

Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Perhaps from Middle Low German slinge

sling

2 noun
     
sling2 [countable]
1DC a piece of cloth tied around your neck to support an injured arm or hand
in a sling
She had her arm in a sling.
2T a set of ropes or strong pieces of cloth that are used to lift and carry heavy objects
3DHB a special type of bag that fastens over your shoulders, in which you can carry a baby close to your body
4PMW a piece of rope with a piece of leather in the middle, used in past times as a weapon for throwing stones
5

slings and arrows

written problems or criticisms:
We've all suffered the slings and arrows of day-to-day living.
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