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(as) slick as a whistle

1. adjective Quick, smooth, skillful, or easy, as in manner or movement. My new scooter is slick as a whistle in traffic.
2. adverb In a quick, smooth, easy manner; quickly, skillfully, and neatly. Once she got into a rhythm, she had that wall built slick as a whistle. You should hear him on the phone, convincing clients as slick as a whistle to invest huge sums of money.
See also: slick, whistle

slick up

1. To cause something, usually hair, to stand on end with water, oil, gel, or some other product. A noun or pronoun can be used between "slick" and "up." I wanted to slick my hair up into spikes for our school photos, but Mom wouldn't let me.
2. To cause something to become more sleek, attractive, stylish, or sophisticated in appearance. A noun or pronoun can be used between "slick" and "up." I hate the way studios try to slick up music these days with all these computer enhancements and polish. These sorts of movies are inherently goofy and lowbrow—why try to slick them up?
See also: slick, up

slick down

To cause hair lie flat on the head with water, oil, gel, or some other product. A noun or pronoun can be used between "slick" and "down." I woke up with this annoying cowlick, and now I have to slick my hair down with gel. I've always liked the look of boys who slick their hair down and part it on one side.
See also: down, slick

slick back

To brush hair to the back of the head and cause it to lie flat with water, oil, gel, or some other product. A noun or pronoun can be used between "slick" and "back." I wanted to slick my hair back for our school photos, but Mom wouldn't let me. Try slicking it back first, then style it from there.
See also: back, slick

slick chick

slang A particularly shrewd, confident, and capable woman. "Chick" is often considered somewhat condescending or derogatory. I've heard she's a real slick chick, so I have no doubt that the company is in good hands. I thought I had made a good argument, but that slick chick kept twisting my words around to suit her own narrative.
See also: chick, slick

*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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Many of these works have a production quality slickness, from the precision cutting of its form, to the precision placement of bold color, to the precision application of line, resulting in work that sometimes successfully, sometimes awkwardly, straddles the space between the whimsical and the menacing, the playful and the trite.
Dow Corning Corp's Plasma Solutions Business has introduced its PlasmaStream platform, which can be used to coat virtually any surface to improve such characteristics as adhesion, waterproofing, low-friction slickness, or anti-microbial properties.
DISGRUNTLED Manchester United fans have praised Joel Glazer for the slickness of his first television interview - then condemned him for his failure to address the main thrust of their argument.
The whole event was one of spectacle and its slickness and professionalism could not be faulted.
But Evans is known to have impressed also with his smooth-talking slickness.
There is an important difference between creating perceptions of slickness and doing what is needed to gain a high level of attention for your message.
And like Unix, Linux is a more technology-oriented OS; that is, it doesn't quite have the ease-of-use slickness of Microsoft's Windows and Apple Macintosh OSs.
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As for the actual choreography, acrobatic slickness often supplanted invention, with Maurice Bejart and MTV exerting a discernible influence.
Once the lubricant lost its slickness, even the tiniest particle could disrupt a ball bearing from rolling smoothly.
The glitz and slickness of Power tools by Valenza (ALA, 1998), with its focus on public relations and communications is missing here and if your district is using Word or Word Perfect with a library automation program, this title will definitely look archaic.
The slickness of the hit-man genus was having a cumulative affect on Rubinek.
Their reaction was understandable, since Clinton's slickness infuriates them.
For Beleaguered Bill, that means his message of the day, even the noblest ones, such as PAC reform, is portrayed as a deception; it means that compromise--any compromise-becomes at best a broken promise, at worst a ruse; presidential trips, even a summit with Yeltsin, are described as Hollywood-style sales campaigns; progress, like the announcement of a national service program, is presented as an unfulfilled pledge; and even pathetic gaffes and loose-lipped friends become "evidence" of slickness.