slag, verb

Forms:
Also slacht.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch slachten to slaughter.
a. transitive. To slaughter (an animal); rare, to kill (someone) in battle.
1850 J.D. Lewins Diary. 8 JulySlachting sheep at Scott’s & William’s.
a1931 S. Black in S. Gray Three Plays (1984) 165Katoo: Helena Joubert never had no family...Samuel: Never? Not even a little brother? Katoo: Ah yes, but he was slagged by the Zulus, when Helena was jus’ a little girl.
1970 I. Palmer Informant, GrahamstownWe will have to slag a sheep next week because we are having visitors.
1985 Learn & Teach No.3, 33Grandma slags a chicken.
1990 J. Rosenthal Wake Up Singing 39‘They call her Tannie Wessels.’ ‘Yeah, I’ll bet they do,’ grinned Theo. ‘She could “slag” an ox by the look of her!’
b. intransitive. To provide meat by slaughtering.
1972 M.S. Informant, Graaff-ReinetThe farming community here use ‘slag’ quite commonly in this ‘Anglikaans’ that is spoken on the farms. They use it in all tenses too — pronounced the Afrikaans way to boot. ‘Have you slagged yet?’ the farmer’s wife enquires re the weekly killing of the sheep for domestic use. ‘No, I am slagging this afternoon’, replies her husband.
1991 TV1, 24 Apr. (Big Time)We slag here, we make boerewors so long it stretch from here to Johannesburg.
To slaughter (an animal); rare, to kill (someone) in battle.
To provide meat by slaughtering.
slaughter
slaughter.
Derivatives:
So slag noun (perhaps obsolete) slaughter , slagtery /ˈslaxtəreɪ/ noun (perhaps obsolete) slaughter.
1836 J.M. Bowker Speeches & Sel. (1864) 10Pato said to Colonel Somerset, he had heard..that the Colonel Smith’s last great meeting was to be the time of a great ‘slag’, and that all the big wigs and friendly chiefs were to be knocked on the head.
1948 A.C. White Call of Bushveld 183A shooting party..rolled up with tents and with the whole bloody paraphernalia for ‘slagtery’. Haulage equipment had been provided to drag animals on to a motor lorry as soon as they were shot.
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