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*slick as a whistle

quickly and cleanly; quickly and skillfully. (*Also: as ~.) Tom took a broom and a mop and cleaned the place up as slick as a whistle. slick as a whistle, Sally pulled off the bandage.
See also: slick, whistle

slick something down

to brush or comb down hair, usually with some sort of dressing or water. He used something gooeygrease or somethingto slick his hair down. Please slick down your hair. You look a mess.
See also: down, slick

slick something up

to tidy up something or some place. I have to slick this house up a little. Please slick up this room before company gets here.
See also: slick, up

slick as a whistle

Very-smooth and neat; also, smoothly, quickly, easily. For example, That salesman is as slick as a whistle, or The fence post went in place slick as a whistle. The allusion in this simile, first recorded in 1830, is not totally clear, but presumably it refers either to the ease of producing a whistle or to its clear tone.
See also: slick, whistle

slick back

To cause something, especially hair, to lie flat by making it moist or oily and brushing it back: He wet his hands and slicked back his hair. She slicks her curls back with gel.
See also: back, slick


1. mod. clever; glib. His talk is slick, but his action is zotz.
2. mod. excellent. That is a slick idea.
3. n. a high-quality magazine printed on slick [coated] paper. The slicks are all carrying ads for products and services that couldn’t even be mentioned a few years ago.
4. n. a racing tire. (Auto racing.) That set of wheels has slicks. I wonder why.


n. an attractive and cute girl. Tiffany is a slick-chick. I wonder if she’d go out with me.
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They've not exactly gone experimental and kept close to the winning formula of well-written, slickly produced synth dance and ballads along with lyrics that won't trouble the imagination.
King's Best sired last year's winner Workforce, who is currently a 6-1 chance to land the double, while Meandre, a son of Slickly, must also be respected at twice those odds following his spectacular victory in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris.
VARIOUS ARTISTS Glee : Season One (Columbia) FANS of E4 high school comedy Glee will be familiar with its slickly produced takes on songs as diverse as Kanye West's Golddigger and The Supremes' You Keep Me Hangin' On.
GLEE -THE MUSIC SEASON ONE FANS of E4 high school comedy Glee will be familiar with its slickly produced renditions of songs as diverse as Kanye West's Golddigger and The Supremes' You Keep Me Hangin' On.
Aside from a few fillers, it's a slickly produced, radio-friendly album that's sure to do well.
Female models walked the ramp in voluminous hairdos whereas spectacled male models with slickly plastered hairstyle set off Soni's creations to their advantageous best.
The 8 out of 10 Cats star seemed totally relaxed in the recently refurbished grandiose venue and his observational set flowed slickly between a diverse range of topics including the rules of driving in the dark down a country lane to the rules on urinal etiquette in the mens' toilets.
The findings, slickly presented in a bilingual, multimedia display, aren't unusual: People don't like toxic materials in their streets and everyone wants better health care.
Its lists, grids of headed notepaper, books, and video presented dematerialized artwork in familiar though partially upgraded and re-embodied forms (Walsh's lists are on rag paper, Tribe's book slickly printed).
Musically, the main difference appears to be the bass levels, but lyrically, Dizzee expands his repertoire with his east end delivery spitting slickly and variedly.
He believes that a majority, especially a majority of young people, will rally a round, say, abortion rights, affirmative action, and soak-the-rich taxes as long as they're slickly packaged via pop culture.
Other successes for Lagardere include the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe which he won in 1998 with Sagamix, the Grande Prix de Paris with Slickly in 1999 and two victories in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay le Buffard-Jacques le Marois with Miss Satamixa in 1995 and Vahorimix in 2001.
However, it still is a sharp and slickly directed drama with taut plots and a strong cast including Douglas Hodge as Sgt Major Burns and James Thornton as Staff Sgt Philip Roper.
She can slickly place display ads in page layouts and make nicely fitted stories out of the motley electronic jots and tittles that we editors give to her--and so far without a snarl or a whimper.
All in all, Bailey and Barbato's slickly produced confection is both insightful and entertaining, stuffed with enough of your favorite video clips to keep you glued to the set and tied together with Pop-Up Video--friendly trivia--like how Madonna met Sean Penn while filming "Material Girl.