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An unintelligent or slow-witted person. I explained this to you not once, but three times! Are you just a dim bulb, or what?
[for the lights] to go dim. The lights dimmed down for a few seconds. Open the stage curtain when the house lights dim down.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
take a dim view (of something)
to disapprove of something Most bosses take a dim view of long lunches.
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
n. the evening; the night. (Streets.) Where’ll you be this dim?
n. a dull person; a stupid person. George seems to be a dim bulb, but he’s a straight-A student.