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
  1. verb
    cut with sweeping strokes; as with an ax or machete
    synonyms: cut down
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    cut
    separate with or as if with an instrument
  2. verb
    beat severely with a whip or rod
    synonyms: flog, lash, lather, strap, trounce, welt, whip
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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
  3. verb
    cut open
    “she slashed her wrists”
    synonyms: gash
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    type of:
    cut
    separate with or as if with an instrument
  4. verb
    cut drastically
    “Prices were slashed
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    bring down, cut, cut back, cut down, reduce, trim, trim back, trim down
    cut down on; make a reduction in
  5. verb
    move or stir about violently
    synonyms: convulse, jactitate, thrash, thrash about, thresh, thresh about, toss
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    whip
    thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash
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    agitate, shake
    move or cause to move back and forth
  6. noun
    a strong sweeping cut made with a sharp instrument
    synonyms: gash
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    cut, cutting
    the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge
  7. noun
    a wound made by cutting
    synonyms: cut, gash, slice
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    lesion, wound
    an injury to living tissue (especially an injury involving a cut or break in the skin)
  8. noun
    an open tract of land in a forest that is strewn with debris from logging (or fire or wind)
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    dry land, earth, ground, land, solid ground, terra firma
    the solid part of the earth's surface
  9. noun
    a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information
    synonyms: diagonal, separatrix, solidus, stroke, virgule
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    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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