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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Probably from SLOG1

slug

2 verb
     
slug2 past tense and past participle slugged, present participle slugging [transitive]
1

slug it out

if two people slug it out, they fight or compete until one of them has won
2 informal to hit someone hard with your closed hand [= punch]
3 to hit a ball hard

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