AskDefine | Define slog

Dictionary Definition



1 work doggedly or persistently; "She keeps plugging away at her dissertation" [syn: plug away, peg away, keep one's nose to the grindstone, keep one's shoulder to the wheel]
2 walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud; "Mules plodded in a circle around a grindstone" [syn: footslog, plod, trudge, pad, tramp]
3 strike heavily, especially with the fist or a bat; "He slugged me so hard that I passed out" [syn: slug, swig] [also: slogging, slogged]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. In the context of "mostly|UK": A long, tedious walk, or session of work.
  2. An aggressive shot played with little skill.


  1. To walk slowly, encountering resistance.
  2. In the context of "by extension": To work slowly and deliberately (overcoming significant boredom).
  3. To strike something with a heavy blow, especially a ball with a bat.


to walk slowly, encountering resistance
to work slowly and deliberately (overcoming significant boredom)
to strike something with a heavy blow, especially a ball with a bat



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  1. past tense of slå

Extensive Definition

Slog refers to a type of shot in many forms of cricket where the batsmen attempts to hit the ball as far as possible with the aim to hit a 6 or at the least a 4. It is an extremely dangerous shot to play since the ball is almost certainly going to be in the air for a long period of time and great technique and power is required from the batsmen to actually clear the field.
When playing a 'Slog' a batsmen is likely to want to score quickly therefore it is likely to be used in a Twenty20, Pro40 or One Day matchup . The slog is an extremely difficult shot to play well. Firstly there is a high possibility of missing the ball with the bat and simply getting bowled. LBWs are also common when playing the slog but if contact is made there is no guarantee that the ball will simply not loop up to a fielder. A slog is therefore likely to be played in times of desperation when runs are required extremely quickly or in variations of the game such as 'Plank Cricket' where continuous defensive shots are frowned upon and may even result in disqualification.
There are different ways to play a slog, and they can be played with different techniques. One of these techniques is called advancing down the track. Advancing down the track is where the batsman facing the balls takes 2-3 steps down the track, building more power for the shot. When a shot like this is played correctly the effect can be devastating, and can score big runs, fast. Of course it is a very dangerous technique to use, as you could hit the ball wrong on the bat and it could fly high in the air allowing fielders to move under it. Another reason why this is dangerous is because if you miss the ball but it doesn't hit the stumps, you are out of your crease, and the wicket keeper can stump you. Advancing down the track is only one of many different variations on the slog shot.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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