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slim chance

A very small possibility. There's a slim chance that the computer will reboot as normal, but it's much more likely that we'll have to reinstall the operating system. It's only a slim chance that we'll make the plane, at this rate. We may need to book new tickets.
See also: chance, slim

slim down

1. To become more slender; to lose weight. I'm trying to slim down in time for the wedding. I'm not all that overweight, but slimming down a little bit would really help my self-confidence.
2. To make something more slender or less bulky. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "slim" and "down." The company has been slimming down their smartphones over the past few years. No matter how much I diet or exercise, I just can't seem to slim my thighs down.
See also: down, slim

slim pickings

A very small or limited amount to choose from, especially after others have taken from what was originally available. By the time I got to the sale, it was pretty slim pickings left on the racks. A: "Is there any food left from the party?" B: "Just some slim pickings."
See also: picking, slim

slim chance

a slight chance; a small chance. There is a slim chance that I will arrive on Monday, but Tuesday is more likely.
See also: chance, slim

slim down

to become thinner; to lose weight. You have really slimmed down a lot since I last saw you. I need to eat less so I can slim down. He slimmed down quite a bit after he had his health problem.
See also: down, slim

slim someone down

to cause someone to lose weight. They started to slim her down in the hospital, but she gained the weight back as soon as she got out. The dietitian slimmed down all the patients under his care.
See also: down, slim

slim pickings

A small amount left after others have taken a share. For example, After each of the children took what they wanted of Mother's things, it was slim pickings for the rest of the family . This expression alludes to animals devouring a carcass. [Early 1600s]
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slim down

v.
To lose weight, as by dieting or exercise: I was overweight, so I decided to slim down.
See also: down, slim

iceberg slim

1. n. a pimp. When iceberg slim came by in his pimpmobile, Jed made a rude sign at him.
2. n. a person who exploits others; a cold, heartless person. The guy’s a regular iceberg slim.
See also: iceberg, slim

slim

n. a tobacco cigarette. (The same as straight, as opposed to a marijuana cigarette, which may be thicker.) I’ll take a slim and a little mist, thanks.

slim pickings

Little left to profit from; a small reward, scarcely worth the effort. This term, alluding to animals devouring a carcass of prey or carrion, has been around since at least the seventeenth century, and the idea is much older yet. John Milton used it in Smectymnus (1642): “The Vulturs had then but small pickings.”
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"Throughout free food February, slimmers will also be challenged to pass on their new-found love of healthy food to their family and friends in a bid to 'love it, cook it, share it'with the whole local community.
Heels instantly make your legs look longer and more toned and make you appear taller and slimmer. For a more comfortable alternative, try kitten heels or wedges.
BEFORE: Laura wanted to fit into a size 10 dress for her wedding day WINNER: Laura Powell, was named Slimmer of the Year 2011
Slimmers across Tyneside managed to shed an amazing 6,227st collectively, in just 12 weeks.
The winners of the Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Magazine Slimmer of the Year 2010 awards at the London Marriott Hotel County Hall each got pounds 1,000 prize money.
The researchers have found a new method to grow slimmer copper nanorods, which can be used as a low-temperature bonding agent for holding together the layers of next-generation 3-D integrated computer chips.
Anyone interested in the slimmer's Valentines meal should contact Tracey on 01384 253418.
Meanwhile, another slimmer is also enjoying a fitter lifestyle after losing a staggering 6st 4lbs.
We've teamed up with Scottish Slimmers to bring you an exclusive "Slimmer in 3 Days" eating plan which will kick-start your weight loss.
WARDROBE TIPS FOR A SLIMMER BODY Say hello to shape-wear, from waist-cinchers to Spanx, they can be a slimmer's best friend.
A WOMAN who was morbidly obese and struggled to stand has shed more than half her body weight to be named the biggest loser slimmer of the year.
There comes a time in many a woman's life when she wishes she could look and feel a little slimmer, whatever her size.
A TYNESIDE slimmer has been rewarded for her dedication.
A SLIMMER who lost almost five stones was runner up in the finals of a national slimming competition.