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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
slush fund
▪ They claim the expulsions were a cover-up bid after they tried to expose a slush fund run by crooked officials.
▪ It also stated that Stans maintained a secret slush fund of cash in his office totaling at least $ 350, 000.
▪ And it is this money which can be channelled, undetected, into the slush funds via foreign banks.
▪ a cherry slush
▪ Everything had melted into brown slush within a few hours.
▪ After a whole day there was just a thin layer of muddy slush.
▪ He put a tentative arm up; instantly one pulled over, in a rolling wave of black slush.
▪ Outside there was snow and slush along the streets and sidewalks.
▪ Semi-conscious, he slid slowly down, his feet and legs sinking into the freezing slush at the bottom.
▪ Sprinkle the minimum amount of salt needed to lower the freezing point of water from slippery ice to safer mushy slush.
▪ This impressed me, for there is nothing more penetrating than snow and slush.
▪ This is a love story, with a lot more going for it than slush and mush.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Slush \Slush\ (sl[u^]sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Slushed; p. pr. & vb. n. Slushing.]

  1. To smear with slush or grease; as, to slush a mast.

  2. To paint with a mixture of white lead and lime.


Slush \Slush\ (sl[u^]sh), n. [Cf. Sw. slaska to paddle in water, slask wet, filth.] [Written also slosh.]

  1. Soft mud.

  2. A mixture of snow and water; half-melted snow.

  3. A soft mixture of grease and other materials, used for lubrication.

  4. The refuse grease and fat collected in cooking, especially on shipboard.

  5. (Mach.) A mixture of white lead and lime, with which the bright parts of machines, such as the connecting rods of steamboats, are painted to be preserved from oxidation.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s, "melting snow, snow and water," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (compare Norwegian and Swedish slask "slushy ground;" obsolete Danish slus "sleet"), all probably imitative of the sound of sloshing. Slush fund is first attested 1839, from an earlier sense of slush "refuse fat" (1756); the money from the sale of a ship's slush was distributed among the officers, which was the original sense of the phrase. The extended meaning "money collected for bribes and to buy influence" is first recorded 1874, no doubt with suggestions of "greasing" palms.


n. 1 Half-melted snow or ice. 2 Liquid mud or mire. 3 flavored shaved ice served as a drink. 4 A soft mixture of grease and other materials, used for lubrication. 5 The refuse grease and fat collected in cooking, especially on shipboard. 6 (context engineering English) A mixture of white lead and lime, used as a paint to prevent oxidation. vb. To smear with slushy liquid or grease.

  1. n. partially melted snow

  2. v. make a splashing sound; "water was splashing on the floor" [syn: splash, splosh, slosh]

  3. spill or splash copiously or clumsily; "slosh paint all over the walls" [syn: slosh, slosh around, slush around]

Slush (disambiguation)

Slush is a slurry mixture of liquid and solid forms of water.

Slush may also refer to:

  • Slush (person), a pejorative and slang combination of the likewise derogatory terms slut and lush. A promiscuous alcoholic person.
  • Slush (beverage), a blended ice drink, with sugar, fruit, and/or other flavorings
  • "Slush" can also refer to the fat or grease that is obtained by boiling salted meat
  • Slush fund, an auxiliary monetary account or a reserve fund
  • Slush pile, unsolicited manuscripts
  • Slush (album), the experimental 1997 album by the band OP8
  • Slush (band), Swiss Rockband
  • Slush hydrogen, a combination of liquid hydrogen and solid hydrogen
  • Slush flow, type of snow avalanche
  • Slush powder, polymers that can absorb large amounts of a liquid
  • Slush casting, a metal casting process
  • Slush Helsinki, a startup conference in Northern Europe
Slush (beverage)

A slushie, sometimes known as a slush or slushy, is a flavored frozen drink.

Slush (album)

Slush is the 1997 debut album by OP8, a band formed from Lisa Germano, Howe Gelb of Giant Sand, and Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico and Giant Sand. The album was released on Thirsty Ear and features covers of " Sand" by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood as well as "Round and Round" by Neil Young. Its generally mainstream, jazz-inflected songwriting is at times counterbalanced by odd sonic details, including detuned melodic fragments and synthetic noises.


Slush, also called slush ice, is a slurry mixture of small ice crystals (e.g., snow) and liquid water. In the natural environment, slush forms when ice or snow melts. This often mixes with dirt and other materials, resulting in a gray or muddy brown color. Often, solid ice or snow will block the drainage of fluid water from slushy areas, so slush often goes through multiple freeze/thaw cycles before completely disappearing. In areas where road salt is used to clear roadways, slush forms at lower temperatures than it would ordinarily, and only in salted areas; this can produce a number of different consistencies over the same geographical area.

Slushfall or slushing is the action of a wet snow falling from the sky.

Usage examples of "slush".

Most of this region around Miranda Canyon was a combination of rock and frozen methane slush.

Was aware of the gun taped beneath the car, protected by polythene from the slush.

The money had been paid to Lisanne through devious channels, but the Scooper left no doubt: the trail led back to a slush fund maintained at the highest corporate levels by Genetechnics.

Peradventure the actual food consists of the micro-organisms in the slush and on the superficies of the unassimilatable solids.

Octavian, battling with the quagmire, which seemed to have learned the rare art of giving way at all points without yielding an inch, saw his daughter slowly disappearing in the engulfing slush, her smeared face further distorted with the contortions of whimpering wonder, while from their perch on the pigsty roof the three children looked down with the cold unpitying detachment of the Parcae Sisters.

Slush was beginning to accumulate underfoot in spite of the deicing grid.

An early spring cold snap that dipped below freezing had hardened slush, turned rivulets into treacherous slides, and trampled mud into uneven bumps and dips, making it difficult to walk.

And here I am still stuck on this lousy chunk of slush because somebody sees an anomaly in a fogbank a few thousand kilometers away.

And with great care and utmost precision, he pitched the insolent brat right into the biggest, muddiest patch of slush that he thought he could reach.

She drove cautiously along Jamaica Riverway, tires swishing through deep slush, windshield wipers scraping at hoar-frosted glass.

The rain was turning to a semisoft slush at her feet, and the icy drops were hardening as they fellthey had some sting as they struck her bare neck, when she bent over to speak to him through the rolled-down window.

Whoosh, poof, and suddenly it was a sweltering summer night in New York, not a smidgeon of slush, not one snowflake.

If we could push on hard enough to get near Dammerung Pass tonight, then tomorrow we could cross it early, before the sun warmed the snow and we had snowslides and slush to deal with.

The Chrysler leaped forward, its tires whirling in slush as Cas left the hotel, the dark window closing as Sharon stood alone in the cold.

At last we were out of the house, rushing through the mud, slush, and half-melted snow, along the wooden track to the railway, laden with bags and coats, and deafened by that melancholy, wailing sound, as though of a huge polar shebear in the pangs of travail upon an iceberg, which proceeds from an American railway-engine before it commences its work.