|Origin:||Probably from Old French eslachier 'to break'|
1 [intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition]
to cut or try to cut something violently with a knife, sword etc:
Someone had slashed the tires.
The leopard's claws slashed through soft flesh.
to greatly reduce an amount, price etc - used especially in newspapers and advertising [= cut]:
The workforce has been slashed by 50%.
to cut the veins in your wrists with the intention of killing yourself