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dim bulb

An unintelligent or slow-witted person. I explained this to you not once, but three times! Are you just a dim bulb, or what?
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dim down

[for the lights] to go dim. The lights dimmed down for a few seconds. Open the stage curtain when the house lights dim down.
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dim out

[for a light] to grow dim and go out altogether. The lights dimmed out twice during the storm. I was afraid that the lights would dim out completely.
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dim something down

to make lights dim; to use a dimmer to make the lights dimmer. Why don't you dim the lights down and put on some music? Let me dim down the lights and put on some music.
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dim something up

to use a dimmer to make the lights brighter. (Theatrical. A dimmer is a rheostat, variable transformer, or something similar. The expression, a seeming contradiction, is the opposite of dim something down.) As the curtain rose, the electrician dimmed the lights up on a beautiful scene. You dimmed up the lights too fast.
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take a dim view of someone or something

to disapprove of someone or something. Of all the boys, the teacher likes Dave the least. She takes a dim view of him. I take a dim view of that law.
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take a dim view (of something)

to disapprove of something Most bosses take a dim view of long lunches.
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take a dim view of

Regard disapprovingly, as in I take a dim view of meeting every single week. This idiom, which uses dim in the sense of "unfavorable," was first recorded in 1947
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n. the evening; the night. (Streets.) Where’ll you be this dim?

dim bulb

n. a dull person; a stupid person. George seems to be a dim bulb, but he’s a straight-A student.
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Ac wedyn ma' un o gymeriadau Dim Byd yn mynegi'n huawdl: "Pwy fysa'n meddwl ynte, y fflam yn dod yr holl ffordd i Sir Fn o Lundain bell.
When we see a dim star from the side, its light hits rod-shaped cells, which detect the dim light.
Mary Evans, Glasbwll, Machynlleth I fesur y planedau Sy'n hongian er erioed I ddarllen tudalennau Y ddaear dan dy droed Y bachgen efo'i lyfrau Ymlaen yr , ymlaen yr I wneuthur drwg neu wneuthur da Does dim ond eisiau dechrau.
A sut mae egluro pam mai dim ond dwy ferch oedd ar restr hir Llyfr y Flwyddyn llynedd?
We're excited to partner with Dim Mak and provide listeners with the top tracks from both established and up-and-coming artists," said Erik Velez, vice president of programming at BEATGASM.
Yn y cyfamser, mae'r gohebydd yn ei chael hi'n anodd canolbwyntio ar yr achos ac ymddengys nad oes llawer o bobl yn gwybod dim byd chwaith.
On a clear evening, look at a dim star from the corner of your eye, then look at it directly.
Labour claimed the squeeze on budgets coupled with high electricity prices were leading councils to turn off or dim almost a quarter of all lights, compared with under 3% in May 2010.
The Touch of Death (or Death-Point Striking) refers to any martial arts technique reputed to kill using seemingly less than lethal force targeted at specific areas of the body and includes Dim Mak.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Cohorts of 3-6 patients received escalating doses of twice daily oral BR-DIM providing DIM at 75 mg, then 150 mg, 225 mg, and 300 mg.
Their study suggests the compound, known as DIM (3,3'-diindolylmethane), already shown to be safe for humans, may protect normal tissues during radiation therapy for cancer treatment and prevent or mitigate sickness caused by radiation exposure.
Does dim ceir ar Enlli, ac mae hynny ynddo'i hun yn rhoi gwedd wahanol i'r lle.
Dim Sum Nights is a production put together by the highly inventive Yellow Earth theatre company.
Whether you call it tapas-style or small-plate eating, or the horrendous "grazing," the fact remains that the concept is as old as the hills, not least in China, where the tradition of dim sum is an embedded in cultural life.