EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SLUSH
The snow was now fast melting, and the ice-fields were covered with slush.
He makes proclamations that Orham is nothin' but sand, slush, and soft drinks.
"My wife, if she wishes, can turn Shelley into slush," he answered bitterly.
The snow became a sea of slush, and water covered the ice of lakes and river.
"It's the last time you get any of that slush into me, Babbitt," says he.
Then there was silence, but for the "gluck" with which we lifted our feet from the slush.
Alf Burnett, the humorist, compared Brownsville to slush ice.
It was a rainy evening, and everything was slush and fog and gloom.
You're right in all the slush—mother won't like it, I tell you!
The last bucketful of slush and mud came at last for Jason Squiff.
1640s, "melting snow, snow and water," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. 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.