Definition of slough verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

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 verb
verb
BrE BrE//slʌf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//slʌf//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slough
BrE BrE//slʌf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//slʌf//
 
he / she / it sloughs
BrE BrE//slʌfs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//slʌfs//
 
past simple sloughed
BrE BrE//slʌft//
 
; NAmE NAmE//slʌft//
 
past participle sloughed
BrE BrE//slʌft//
 
; NAmE NAmE//slʌft//
 
-ing form sloughing
BrE BrE//ˈslʌfɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈslʌfɪŋ//
 
 
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to lose a layer of dead skin, etc. slough something a snake sloughing its skin slough something off Slough off dead skin cells by using a facial scrub. Word Origin Middle English (as a noun denoting a skin, especially the outer skin shed by a snake): perhaps related to Low German slu(we) ‘husk, peel’. The verb dates from the early 18th cent. Phrasal Verbsslough somethingoff
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