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    Default Meaning of slog your face

    What is the meaning of slog in the sentence: "True friend will slog your face"?

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    Default Re: Meaning of slog your face

    What is the meaning of slog in the sentence: "True friend will slog your face"?

    tanya.
    I tracked this down on PoemHunter and the meaning becomes clear in the context of the rest of the poem.

    The relevant couplet being:
    "Friend knives your back
    But true friend will slog your face"

    "Stab you in the back" means to harm or betray you in a secret and deceitful way.
    "Slog" is used here to mean "hit", "whack".

    So, this is how I understand these lines: when friends criticize you, a false friend will do it sneakily, behind your back, but a true friend will do it honestly, directly to your face.

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    Last edited by JMurray; 27-Mar-2011 at 10:08.

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    Default Re: Meaning of slog your face

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    What is the meaning of slog in the sentence: "True friend will slog your face"?

    tanya.
    I tracked this down on PoemHunter and the meaning becomes clear in the context of the rest of the poem.

    The relevant couplet being:
    "Friend knives your back
    But true friend will slog your face"

    "Stab you in the back" means to harm or betray you in a secret and deceitful way.
    "Slog" is used here to mean "hit", "whack".

    So, this is how I understand these lines: when friends criticize you, a false friend will do it sneakily, behind your back, but a true friend will do it honestly, directly to your face.

    not a teacher
    Well spotted!

    I think it's worth noting that this poem was written by someone whose command of English is limited*. 'Slog your face' and 'knife your back' are not idiomatic; students shouldn't add these to their lists of idioms!

    b

    PS * And maybe his or her mother tongue doesn't have articles.
    Last edited by BobK; 27-Mar-2011 at 19:38. Reason: Added PS

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    Default Re: Meaning of slog your face

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Well spotted!

    I think it's worth noting that this poem was written by someone whose command of English is limited*. 'Slog your face' and 'knife your back' are not idiomatic; students shouldn't add these to their lists of idioms!

    b

    PS * And maybe his or her mother tongue doesn't have articles.
    Thank goodness for this answer. I hadn't even heard the expression.

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