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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from Old French eslachier 'to break'


1 verb
1 [intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition] to cut or try to cut something violently with a knife, sword etc:
Someone had slashed the tires.
slash at/through
The leopard's claws slashed through soft flesh.
2 [transitive] to greatly reduce an amount, price etc - used especially in newspapers and advertising [= cut]:
The workforce has been slashed by 50%.

slash your wrists

to cut the veins in your wrists with the intention of killing yourself

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