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thin down

1. To become slimmer or more slender. Wow, Tom really thinned down over the summer—he looks great! Their new phone model is thinned down, with a sleek, smooth design.
2. To make someone or something slimmer or more slender. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "thin" and "down." These extreme diets are aimed at thinning you down as quickly as possible, but they aren't healthy or sustainable for the long term. No matter how much I diet or exercise, I just can't seem to thin my thighs down.
3. To make something smaller. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "thin" and "down." They are thinning down security for the event, citing budgetary restrictions. The board of directors has been thinning our budget down more and more in recent years.
4. To dilute something; to make something less concentrated. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "thin" and "down." Try thinning the sauce down with a little bit of low-fat yoghurt. I swear the bartender is thinning down our drinks, because this tastes like nothing but soda.
5. To reduce the number of people or things some group or population. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "thin" and "down." Hunters have been hired to thin down the herds of deer roaming the state. The horrible outbreak thinned the country's population down by nearly half in the space of just 5 years.
See also: down, thin

thin someone down

to make someone thinner or slimmer. What you need to thin you down is less, not more. The hospital dietitian tried to thin down the obese man.
See also: down, thin

thin something down

to dilute a fluid. You should thin this down with a little water. Try to thin down this paint a little.
See also: down, thin

thin down

to become thinner or slimmer. He stopped eating desserts and fatty foods so he could thin down. I have to thin down so I can get into my winter coat.
See also: down, thin

thin down

v.
1. To make someone or something thin or thinner: The painter thinned down the paint with turpentine. The designers thinned the shape of the boat down so that it could go faster.
2. To become thin or thinner: I thinned down over the summer, and now my pants are too big.
See also: down, thin
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Thin down thick greens by cutting and trimming within the plant canopy, so you can maintain a certain form and size while creating some transparency.
Add more water to thin down the curry sauce if required.
There are fewer lakes than in the eastern Himalayas, but large lakes may be a growing phenomenon as glaciers thin down and tend to stagnate.
We'll keep all the plants that are working well but thin down or, in some cases, ban bullies such as Chamerion angustifolium, known by us all as willowherb.
He bases this on the fact that Apple will thin down the bezel around the display, just like in the iPad Mini, and load the iPad with the software that prevents unintended touches from registering a command.
If war starts now, I am sure the attendance of this school will thin down.
They've come through a huge, huge financial crisis, and they had to thin down, and they probably are not thinking about development," he said.
The NBA worries that some breeders are selling off perfectly good productive cows either to maintain cash flow or to thin down their beef herd, which might still be struggling to produce positive margins.
The bank had already implemented a series of job cuts in its UAE operations in 2010, in a hurry to thin down its retail
Then the deluge began to thin down, slowly becoming a mere trickle.
Importantly, the walls can thin down with good control of your blood pressure and lightening the pumping load for the heart.
As newspapers thin down and die off, as a generation of kids grows up without a daily paper in their lives, as radio and television cover the lurid over the learned, the weight of ignorance and apathy puts the future in fewer and fewer hands, and the great American citizenry is reduced to consumers and only consumers.
Injuries to Jon Lewis (Achilles) and Chris Tremlett (back) left resources thin Down Under - both will return to the UK prior to Friday's first final at the MCG.
He said, 'Here in the UK some 60,000 less are expected too and if, as expected, imports from Ireland thin down because more Irish beef is being sold elsewhere to fill the holes left by the decline in Brazilian deliveries, then overall supplies will be even tighter.