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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.
See also: dim, down

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.
See also: dim, down

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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Next to this impressing light filling the courtyard, the dimness of the surrounding corridors and the intense light received from the back of the stair enclosure at the end of the corridor give prominence to the stairs as the most dynamic element of the space and guide the user in this way.
Lighting designer Jason Hand did splendid work to establish the scene in subterranean dimness, befitting the black arts Hoffmann is exposed to in the scene.
The dimness post sun down has prompt parents to avoid send their children out to play.
Despite their dimness, these stars are good places to look for Earth-like planets.
He concluded: "In reality, however, the dimness is caused by the passing clouds.
If anything the arrival of the idea was like a slow dawning--the kind where vague forms gradually appear, seemingly shape-shifting in the dimness until sufficient illumination fixes their forms.
Revive My Failing, Ailing Sight" Lord of all worlds, to You I turn in fear Of watching once-bright days transform to night; For all my sins have blotted out Your light While dusk and dimness darken everywhere.
The headache was not associated with dimness of vision, loss of consciousness, palpitation, light headedness, syncope or near syncopal attack, convulsion, loss of body weight, fever or loss of appetite although occasional nausea and vomiting were there.
In the calm after last night's fever, the dark expanse of curtains at the window gives the bedroom the feel of a theater: hushed dimness on this side, mystery and possibility on that.
Symptoms include headaches, scotomata, diplopia, dimness in vision and photopsia.
causes dryness, dimness and cracks particularly around the mouth.
We want to get out of the dimness which has darkened the sky of Bahrain.
He said, we can't, too dark, this room is too small, and would shrink further into dimness.
The poem also moves from darkness and light in the chapel and painting to dimness in the church while subtly suggesting parallels between the biblical Saul's encounter with God and the modern poet's encounter with the Baroque picture.
But if you were looking for portents as to what lies ahead for Blues in the Heineken Cup this season then the dimness of those closing stages was all that was needed.