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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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It's racked up six Tonys, two Oliviers, a Grammy, two Baftas and six Academy Awards in its various incarnations and earned a reputation as one of the sharpest, slickest shows on the block.
According to The Times, for at least a year, the young socialist was paid 100 pounds a week by the UK government - around 6,000 pounds today - to write pro-war propaganda for his newspaper Il Popolo d'Italia, one of the slickest media machines the country, and keep Italian troops fighting at the front.
In just a matter of weeks Mr Bottomley managed to turn pounds 100,000 into more than pounds 800,000 through some shrewd market moves - an achievement even the slickest of traders would be pleased with.
In just a matter of weeks Mr Bottomley managed to turn pounds 100,000 into over pounds 800,000 through some shrewd market moves - an achievement even the slickest of traders would be pleased with.
Fun racing mechanics that are second to none and some of the best graphics on the PS3 to date make this the slickest thing since the Exxon Valdez.
and Mike Bay also smoothly intermingle honky-tonk and roots and classic rock elements, not to mention sweetly sung insights on romantic anxiety, into the dominant pop sound, making for a homemade album that can stand proudly with the slickest studio work.
She has never denied her ambition to become the greatest sailor in the world and while over 100 people have now climbed Everest, she is only the fifth to navigate the world single-handed and is now the slickest by several hundred nautical miles.
A light-hearted piece in Big Buzz Magazine said Humphey Bogart was the slickest dude around thanks to the ciggy hanging out of his mouth.
The advantage was short-lived when Stourbridge pounced on a dropped pass and orchestrated the slickest of back movement to put wing Toby Wilson in the clear.