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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.

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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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 14.8 percent of CompUSA, the largest US computer store chain.
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.
The foundation fits in with Slim Sr.'s political left-of-center philosophy, which makes him stand out from the generally conservative slant of his fellow Mexican billionaires.
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.
For Slim Domit, respect consists of supporting freedom of action in every company and allows top executives to reach their own operations' goals.
"Slim's secret is very simple: He is allergic to publicity and lives a frugal life that borders on modesty more than moderation.
Titles by Goines, Slim and other Holloway House authors are among the most popular.
He now runs The Black Library with his partner Kevin Fisher from a pushcart in Roxbury's Dudley Square and an Internet site that offers hundreds of titles but has links to works by only two authors--Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines.
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." Richardson adds, "those on the outside prefer to send inmates inspirational books and tales of redemption like Nathan McCall's Makes Me Wanna Holler, Patrice Gaines's Laughing in the Dark or Claude Brown's Manchild in the Promised Land.
He says the stories of Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines are appealing as a part of the "wild frontier." "White and black middle-class youth are drawn to the stories because they present a side of life that others have tried to hide from them.
Not surprisingly, Iceberg Slim devotees refer to his books as classics.