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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]
See also: picking, slim

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.
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Down to earth and very approachable, Slim Domit seems confident at the start of his new task, maybe because he is well honed in the slim style of management "Our businesses are based on very basic principles, such as efficient and productive operations.
Slim Domit notes another interesting key point: "Gauging risks by envisioning the worst case scenarios makes it easier to make the most adequate decision, and act accordingly in a quick way.
Slim Domit is aware that the challenge for Telmex will now be modernization and social commitment by spreading telephone access all over the country into remote communities, as well as expanding internet and e-commerce services.
In 1999, Slim Domit's tenure at Grupo Sanborn led to the purchase of 14.
In a way, despite being considered new in the field, Slim Domit acquired a knack for the business through Telmex's performance.
Some analysts think this could be a risky venture, but so far Slim Domit has proved he can be a skillful captain in an operation that would join forces with SBC and Microsoft.
Slim Domit gets enthusiastic when talking about Fundacion Telmex.
When asked what he would say about Mexican politics as an entrepreneur, Slim Jr.
Slim Domit believes that development should be dictated by institutions rather than by individuals.
Gwen Daye Richardson, who says she read Donald Goines and Iceberg Slim under the covers at night as a youngster, reports, "There is often a difference between what those incarcerated want to read and what their friends and relatives think they should be reading.
He says the stories of Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines are appealing as a part of the "wild frontier.
Not surprisingly, Iceberg Slim devotees refer to his books as classics.