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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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However, all authorities are on alert in case the slick travels near our waters.
Meanwhile, Abdullah Al Hantoobi, Deputy Director of the Fujairah Municipality, said the oil slick hit sea water and beaches of both Gadfa and Mirbiah and reached as far as the Fujairah Seaport, adversely affecting the fish production.
I could get a phone call tomorrow saying, 'here's the setlist' EARL SLICK, GUITARIST
So I let my passion for hunting once again override my common sense and I met Slick this morning at Gert's Gas and Grub and rode with him to Pop Turner's.
The slick could take anything between three and five years to clean up, the agency engaged by the Coast Guard to study the extent and impact of the spill said on Tuesday.
The oil slick has also threatened a marine nature reserve on the coast of a small offshore island and has been seen in Malaysian waters.
BP will be paying the bill," he said, as the widening slick headed towards delicate wetlands and wildlife along the southern coastline.
And the slick, which is bigger than the island of Jamaica, was just eight miles from the mouth of the Mississippi last night.
Fujairah: Another oil slick washed up on the shores of Al Aqah beach in Fujairah on Sunday, but officials say it is not as damaging as previous incidents.
With slick tyres returnING to Formula One in 2009, Vettel spent the entire day on the rubber, posting the quickest time of his 100 laps in one minute 18.
Anyone who spots this type of algae or who has concern that a slick is not algae but pollution, should call the Environment Agency's free 24-hour hotline 0800 80 70 60.
Written specifically for fathers of young children, and with immense practical value for fathers of teenagers, "Big Slick Daddy: Poker Strategies For Parenting Success" will be of particular benefit for those wanting to create and maintain strong healthy relationships with their sons and daughters.
Not slick enough to avoid a stint in jail for putting up those false storefronts on Ventura Boulevard to attract more development, the local history books say.
The eight-mile slick was reported by yachtsmen in the Menai Strait, the stretch of water which separates Anglesey from the mainland.
When the 50-mile slick reached Harbin, a city of 4 million, the water system was shut down and residents had to turn to bottled water.