slash

To quickly and violently cut something is to slash it. Sword fighters in a play might just clank their swords together, though they seem to slash each other. After the play is over, the snack stand might slash the price of popcorn.

A vandal might slash the tires on people's cars, and a baker will sometimes slash the top of a loaf of bread. Both use a sharp knife, and make sweeping motions as they cut, but the similarities end there. Figuratively, slash can mean "reduce," so a sale at your grocery store might be announced with a sign reading "We slash prices!" This figurative meaning dates from the turn of the 20th century.

Definitions of slash
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v cut with sweeping strokes; as with an ax or machete

Synonyms:
cut down
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

v beat severely with a whip or rod

Synonyms:
flog, lash, lather, strap, trounce, welt, whip
Types:
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flagellate, scourge
whip
leather
whip with a leather strap
horsewhip
whip with a whip intended for horses
switch
flog with or as if with a flexible rod
cowhide
flog with a cowhide
cat
beat with a cat-o'-nine-tails
birch
whip with a birch twig
Type of:
beat, beat up, work over
give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression

v cut open

“she slashed her wrists”
Synonyms:
gash
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

v cut drastically

“Prices were slashed
Type of:
bring down, cut, cut back, cut down, reduce, trim, trim back, trim down
cut down on; make a reduction in

v move or stir about violently

Synonyms:
convulse, jactitate, thrash, thrash about, thresh, thresh about, toss
Types:
whip
thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash
Type of:
agitate, shake
move or cause to move back and forth

n a strong sweeping cut made with a sharp instrument

Synonyms:
gash
Type of:
cut, cutting
the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge

n a wound made by cutting

Synonyms:
cut, gash, slice
Type of:
lesion, wound
an injury to living tissue (especially an injury involving a cut or break in the skin)

n an open tract of land in a forest that is strewn with debris from logging (or fire or wind)

Type of:
dry land, earth, ground, land, solid ground, terra firma
the solid part of the earth's surface

n a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information

Synonyms:
diagonal, separatrix, solidus, stroke, virgule
Type of:
punctuation, punctuation mark
the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases

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