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slide off

To slip along the surface of something and fall off. All of the toppings slid off my ice cream sundae before I could take a single bite! Be careful, or that stack of books will slide right off the table.
See also: off, slide

slide into (one's)/the DMs

slang To successfully flirt with someone via direct message (DM) on social media. If you're trying to slide into your crush's DMs, don't use a cheesy pick-up line. A: "I just slid into the DMs and asked her out on a date." B: "Wow, I can't believe that actually worked!"
See also: DM, slide

let (something or someone) slide

To choose not to take any action to correct or improve a particular situation or someone's actions or behavior. I find it so frustrating that my wife is always willing to let the kids slide when they misbehave, meaning I have to be the bad guy and enforce the rules. I've been meaning to paint the shed all summer, but I keep letting it slide.
See also: let, slide

let things slide

To let a situation become worse over time through inaction or incompetence. All of our credit cards are maxed out, and we missed our mortgage payment last month—how have we let things slide so badly?
See also: let, slide, thing

let slide by

1. To allow one to succeed without putting in as much work or effort as is or should be normally required. A noun or pronoun is used between "slide" and "by." Because of his talent on the football field, his parents and teachers have all been letting him slide by with his studies. After having bosses that let me slide by so much in my last job, it's actually nice to have a bit more structure and accountability in the new office.
2. To allow someone or something to quickly pass by one. A noun or pronoun is used between "slide" and "by." Don't let anyone slide by you. We don't want the scene of the crime to be contaminated before the detectives have a chance to look things over. Their goalkeeper is not in his usual form today—that's the fourth goal he's let slide by already!
3. To fail to detect someone or something. A noun or pronoun is used between "slide" and "by." She has an eagle eye for mistakes—she hasn't let a single error slide by since she started proofreading for us. The inattentive security guard kept letting prisoners slide by into the storage room where contraband is stored.
4. To fail to remember something one had planned or scheduled. A noun or pronoun is used between "slide" and "by." I can't believe you let our meeting slide by—we've had that planned out for over a month! She lets everything else in his life slide by when she gets so focused on a project like this.
5. To allow a period of time to pass or be spent idly or without notice. A noun or pronoun is used between "slide" and "by." I don't want to let the whole summer slide by without going anywhere nice for a vacation. Sorry, I got distracted playing my game and ended up letting the afternoon slide by.
See also: by, let, slide

let slip by

1. To allow someone or something to quickly pass by one. A noun or pronoun is used between "slip" and "by." Don't let anyone slip by. We don't want the scene of the crime to be contaminated before the detectives have a chance to look things over. Their goalkeeper is not in his usual form today—that's the fourth goal he's let slip by already!
2. To fail to detect someone or something. A noun or pronoun is used between "slip" and "by." She has an eagle eye for mistakes—she hasn't let a single error slip by since she started proofreading for us. The inattentive security guard kept letting prisoners slip by into the storage room where contraband is stored.
3. To fail to remember or pay attention something one had planned or scheduled. A noun or pronoun is used between "slip" and "by." I can't believe you let our meeting slip by—we've had that planned out for over a month! She lets everything else in his life slip by when she gets so focused on a project like this.
4. To allow a period of time to pass or be spent idly or without notice. A noun or pronoun is used between "slip" and "by." I don't want to let the whole summer slip by without going anywhere nice for a vacation. Sorry, I got distracted playing my game and ended up letting the afternoon slip by.
5. To fail to capitalize on some opportunity. A noun or pronoun is used between "slip" and "by." What are you waiting for, call them back! Don't let such an amazing chance slip by!
See also: by, let, slip

slide along

1. To move forward while maintaining smooth, continual contact (over the length of something). I love ice skating. There is something so calming about spending an afternoon just sliding along on the ice. We slipped and slid along the icy path until we finally reached the parking lot.
2. To cause someone or something to move forward while maintaining continual contact (over the length of something). In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "slide" and "along." Please don't slide those crates along the floor like that—you'll scuff up the linoleum! With his ankle broken, all we could do was stretch him out on one of our jackets and slide him along until we got back to camp.
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slide around

1. To move around (some area) while maintaining smooth, continual contact with the ground. I hate ice skating. I always just spend the whole time sliding around totally out of control. We took off our shoes and started sliding around the floor.
2. To cause someone or something to move around (some area) while maintaining smooth, continual contact with the ground. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "slide" and "around." Please don't slide those crates around like that—you'll scuff up the linoleum! He lay down on his back, and his friends slid him around the gymnasium.
See also: around, slide

slide by

1. To move past (someone or something) while having smooth, continual contact with the ground. She fell on the ice while she was skating and slid by a bunch of popular kids from school. We were having coffee by the window of the restaurant when suddenly a huge truck went sliding by.
2. Of time, to pass very quickly and unnoticeably. These summer days just slide by, don't they? I can't believe it's nearly August already! The years keep sliding by faster and faster.
3. To progress through something, such as school, a project, one's job, etc., with a minimal amount of effort or attention. I've been really bored with my job, and I feel like I've just been sliding by lately. If you think you can slide by the whole semester and still pass this course, you are sadly mistaken!
See also: by, slide

slide down

1. To maintain smooth, continual contact while moving down (something). Come on, just grab the pole and slide down! The crate fell out of the truck and slid the whole way down the hill.
2. To cause someone or something to move down or along (something) while maintaining smooth, continual contact. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "slide" and "down." The wardrobe is too heavy to lift, so just slide it down the stairs. She hooked the bag onto the zipline and slid it down to the people below.
3. To move something down and inside of some article of clothing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "slide" and "down." She slapped him in the face when he tried to slide his hand down her shirt. The clump of snow fell on the nape of my neck and slid down my jacket.
See also: down, slide

slide down from (something)

1. To move down from some higher thing or position maintaining smooth, continual contact with some surface. Come on, just grab the pole and slide down from up there! The crate fell out of the truck and slid down from the top of the hill.
2. To cause someone or something to move down from or along (something) while maintaining smooth, continual contact. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "slide" and "down from." We'll need to slide the wardrobe down from the top of the upstairs. She hooked the bag onto the zipline and slid it down from the tower to the people below.
See also: down, slide

slide into (someone or something)

1. To collide with someone or something after slipping or gliding along some surface. She fell on the ice while she was skating and slid straight into the boy from school that she liked. The driver slammed on the brakes, but the bus still slid into the car ahead of it.
2. To enter some thing, place, or area after slipping or gliding along some surface. The motorcycle was knocked over by the truck and went sliding into the intersection. The driver slammed on the brakes, but the bus still slid into the car ahead of it.
3. To cause someone or something slip or glide along some surface so as to enter into some thing, place, or area. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "slide" and "into." The crate was too heavy to lift, so we had to use a ramp and slide it into the back of the truck. We laid the wounded soldier on one of our jackets and slid him into the underbrush to avoid enemy detection.
4. To fit into a particular thing, place, or spot smoothly or with minimal effort. The cable should slide into the slot without any resistance. This module slides into the mainframe, allowing you to expand its processing power significantly.
5. To insert or slot something into a particular thing, place, or area smoothly or with minimal effort. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "slide" and "into." She slid the CD into the stereo and cranked the volume up. You'll need to slide this USB flash drive into the right slot on the computer.
6. To enter into some situation in an effortless or inconspicuous manner. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "slide" and "into." We're hoping the new project manager will be able to slide into the role fairly seamlessly so that there aren't any further disruptions to the project. The politician rode a wave of popularity to slide into a position on parliament.
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slide in

1. To enter or slot into some place, area, or thing, especially when space is limited. A: "Would you mind giving me a ride home?" B: "Sure, no problem. Go ahead and slide in next to Jeff in the back seat." We'll need to find a spot in the living room where this bookshelf can slide in.
2. To insert or place someone something into a particular spot or location. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "slide" and "in." The classroom is a little bit crowded, but I'm sure we'll be able to slide you in somewhere. I'm thinking that we'll slide in a dresser between the bed and our wall.
3. To enter into some situation in an effortless or inconspicuous manner. We're hoping the new project manager will be able to slide in fairly seamlessly so that there aren't any further disruptions to the project. You think you can slide in and replace my dad just because you've been out on a few dates with my mom?
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slide out

1. To exit or eject (from some place, area, or thing) in a smooth, effortless, or inconspicuous manner. I slid out of the room before the teacher noticed me. Once you release the catch, the disk drive should slide right out!
2. To cause or force someone or something to exit or eject (from some place, area, or thing) in a smooth, effortless, or inconspicuous manner. He slid his son out of the wet clothes and wrapped him up in a warm, fluffy towel. You'll need to be very careful when you slide out the cable.
See also: out, slide

slide out of (something or some place)

1. To exit or eject from some place, area, or thing in a smooth, effortless, or inconspicuous manner. I slid out of the room before the teacher noticed me. Once you release the catch, the drive should slide right out of the mainframe.
2. To cause or force someone or something to exit or eject from some place, area, or thing in a smooth, effortless, or inconspicuous manner. He slid his son out of the wet clothes and wrapped him up in a warm, fluffy towel. You'll need to be very careful when you slide the metal sheeting out of the container.
See also: of, out, slide

slide over

1. To slip across the edge of something and fall down. He lost his footing and slid over the side of the roof, breaking his ankle in the fall. The car lost control on the ice and slid over the cliff.
2. To cause someone or something to move closer (to someone or something else) while maintaining smooth, continual contact with some surface. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "slide" and "over." Slide over the contract so I can have a look at the fine print. Slide the patient over on the trolley so we can examine him in the light.
3. To move one's position so as to make more space available for another person. Tom, would you slide over and make some room for Jack at the table? I wish this car ahead of us would just shove over a tiny bit so we could pass him!
See also: over, slide

let someone slide by

Fig. to permit someone to get past a barrier or a challenge too easily. You let too many students slide by. You need to be more rigorous. Don't let even one unqualified person slide by!
See also: by, let, slide

let something ride

Fig. to allow something to continue or remain as it is. It isn't the best plan, but we'll let it ride. I disagree with you, but I'll let it ride.
See also: let, ride

let something slip by

 and let something slide by 
1. Lit to permit something to move quickly by oneself. He let the ball slip by and he knew he had better get the next one. The careless cashier let the leaky milk carton slide by.
2. Fig. to forget or miss an important time or date. I'm sorry I just let your birthday slip by. I let it slide by accidentally.
3. Fig. to waste a period of time. You wasted the whole day by letting it slip by. We were having fun, and we let the time slide by.
See also: by, let, slip

let something slip (out)

Fig. to reveal a secret carelessly or by accident. I didn't let it slip out on purpose. It was an accident. John let the plans slip when he was talking to Bill.
See also: let, slip

let things slide

 and let something slide
Fig. to ignore the things that one is supposed to do; to fall behind in the doing of one's work. I am afraid that I let the matter slide while I was recovering from my operation. If I let things slide for even one day, I get hopelessly behind in my work.
See also: let, slide, thing

slide along

to slip or glide along. The sled slid along at a good clip down the gently sloping hill. We slid along on the icy roads and had a hard time stopping and turning.
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slide around

to slip or skid around. Many cars slide around on the roads when they are icy. The pedestrians were sliding around on the icy pavement.
See also: around, slide

slide by

to get along with a minimum of effort. she didn't do a lot of workshe just slid by. Don't just slide by. Put in some effort.
See also: by, slide

slide down from something

to slip down on something from a higher place. Beth slid down from the top of the mound. The boys slid down from the roof of the shed and got their pants all dirty.
See also: down, slide

slide down something

to slip down something, such as a pole. The fire captain slid down the pole and ran to the engine. Please don't slide down the stairs. You'll ruin the carpet.
See also: down, slide

slide into something

to slip or glide into something, as a car going into a ditch. It was raining hard, and car after car slid into the ditch at the sharp turn near Wagner Road. Mary's car slid right into the side of a bus.
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slide out of something

to slip or glide out of something without much effort. Mary slid out of the car and ran to the front door. The CD-ROM slid out of the computer.
See also: of, out, slide

slide over something

to slip or glide over something. The car almost slid over the edge of the cliff. We almost slid over the edge.
See also: over, slide

slide something around

to push, twist, or turn something around. (The thing must be movable, but not often on wheels.) Please slide the carton around and look at the address on the other side. Can you slide the refrigerator around so I can clean the back of it?
See also: around, slide

slide something into something

 and slide something in
to insert something into something effortlessly. Henry slid the end of the seat-belt buckle into its holder and started the car. slide in the buckle and make sure it's tight.
See also: slide

slide something out of something

 and slide something out
to cause something to slip or glide out of something without much effort. The hunter slid his knife out of its sheath and got ready to skin the deer. He slid out the heavy box.
See also: of, out, slide

let ride

Also, let slide. Allow something to be ignored or to take or continue in its natural course. For example, Bill disagreed with Mary's description, but he let it ride, or He had a way of letting things slide. The first term, alluding to things moving along as though they were riding a horse or vehicle, dates from the early 1900s; the variant, using slide in the sense of "pass by," dates from the late 1500s. Also see under let slip.
See also: let, ride

let slip

1. Also, let slip or slide by ; let slide. Miss an opportunity; waste time. For example, We forgot to buy a ticket and let our big chance slip by, or He let the whole day slide by. The first term dates from the mid-1500s, the variant from the late 1500s.
2. Also, let slip out. Reveal something, usually inadvertently, as in He let it slip out that he had applied for the vacant position. [Mid-1800s]
3. let slip through one's fingers. Fail to seize an opportunity, as in We could have won the trophy but we let it slip through our fingers. [First half of 1600s]
See also: let, slip

let something slide

negligently allow something to deteriorate.
See also: let, slide, something

let slip

To say inadvertently.
See also: let, slip
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