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This caused the other ends to slide, and all the sweeps got away from me.

By putting the stick under my legs I was able to slide down to the bottom.

If I owned it, the slide is the first thing I would destroy.

Nevertheless, while Wat fumbled for the button that released the slide, he took a chance.

Slowly, very slowly, he pressed the button to release the slide.

But his vision was limited to that part of the room framed by the slide.

Then I promptly forgot all about her and ran off into a warehouse where the gang had gone to slide.

"Perhaps we could slide down the beams and save him," remarked Pierre.

And he recalled the "slide" of other days, the box which turned within the wall.

"Only another of my dreams," he thought, and he laid his hand on the slide to close it.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English slidan (intransitive, past tense slad, past participle sliden) "to glide, slip, fall, fall down;" figuratively "fail, lapse morally, err; be transitory or unstable," from Proto-Germanic *slidan "to slip, slide" (cf. Old High German slito, German Schlitten "sleigh, sled"), from PIE root *sleidh- "to slide, slip" (cf. Lithuanian slystu "to glide, slide," Old Church Slavonic sledu "track," Greek olisthos "slipperiness," olisthanein "to slip," Middle Irish sloet "slide").

Meaning "slip, lose one's footing" is from early 13c. Transitive sense from 1530s. Phrase let (something) slide "let it take its own course" is in Chaucer (late 14c.). Sliding scale in reference to payments, etc., is from 1842.

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