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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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The Beat's'' visual scheme wavers back and forth between the slickness of film and the rawness of video.
The steering betters systems fitted to many modern cars in terms of weight and sharpness, the five speed manual transmission is car-like in its slickness and accuracy and the whole thing feels very manageable.
The professional slickness of the WNO at the Empire was a hard act for Merseyside Opera to follow in their first production after a four-year absence.
In her New York debut Annika Larsson presented two stylized videos of imagined rituals and cliched power relations that flirt with a middle ground, oscillating between Madison Avenue slickness and critical engagement.
2 shaved down its turtle-back greens to a scary slickness for the U.
The show bosses have been influenced by the slickness of American shows such as ER but they've had to keep it clean because it will be screened at 8pm.
Made with beads, ribbons and bows, flowers, diminutive yard-trash statuettes, and fake and stuffed birds, all covered with gallons of melted wax, her sculpture runs distinctly counter to the sensibilities of viewers who may have grown accustomed to the slickness of Miesian modernism, post-Minimalism, and photoconceptualism.
Unfortunately, the sequel to the 1995 John Travolta hit Get Shorty is missing the slickness and bite of its fine predecessor.
In his first one-person show in New York, British artist Peter Liversidge reproduces internationally known signiflers like the logos of Lufthansa and BMW with a childlike clumsiness that strips all slickness from the corporate icons.
Idealists see his ideals, others his slickness, others humanity, others his deviousness.
LAWRIE Sanchez is in it for the long haul with Northern Ireland - but first of all he wants a taste of home slickness.
Avoiding both photorealist slickness and expressionistic flourish, it reads as a knife-edge balancing act between an objective and subjective register, reinforcing the play of opposites--visibility and invisibility, objectivity and subjectivity, expression and concealment--that shapes the artist's overall project.
The slickness and pervasiveness of the campaign conceals one flaw: The message - that all drug use leads to disaster - is a baldfaced lie.
On her third album, multi-talented Angie flies the real soul flag in the face of contemporary slickness.
Now that video art has evolved (or degenerated) to the point that it simulates the slickness of television or film, it's sometimes difficult to remember that video started out as an "alternative" medium--a means of creating art that would employ mass-media technology while standing apart from its machinations.