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all the trimmings
1. All the trimmings, condiments, or accompaniments that are desired or considered standard for a particular dish. Often spelled or pronounced colloquially as "trimmins" or "trimmin's." My mom said she'd cook a big ham with all the trimmings for Christmas dinner. Wow, an eight-ounce steak and all the trimmin's for $15? That's a heck of a deal!
2. All of the accessories or decorations desired or considered standard for a particular kind of outfit. I managed to find a fantastic tuxedo with all the trimmins at a local vintage shop. I just think it's a bit silly spending so much money on a dress and all the trimmings if you're only going to wear it once.
trim (one's) sails
1. To adapt oneself to new or altered circumstances. Following the attack, many politicians trimmed their sails and adopted a more aggressive stance on military action.
2. To spend less money; to decrease one's expenses. Our rent is much higher, so we've had to trim our sails a bit, but we love living in this area.
trim (something) from (something else)
1. To remove small amounts of something from something else by cutting. Trimming excess leaves and branches from the plant will help it grow bigger. A: "Why are you trimming all the fat from the steak? That's the best part!" B: "Yuck! You're crazy!"
2. To discard or do away with small amounts of something. I always try to trim as many costs from my trips as I can, from airfare, to hotels, to what and where I'll be eating. We need to find a way to trim five kilograms from the aircraft's design, or it will be too heavy to fly.
3. To remove body fat from some part of one's body, as through dieting or exercising. I'd love to trim a couple pounds from my waist before my wedding. This is one of the best ways to trim stubborn fat from your thighs.
See also: trim
trim (something) with (something)
1. To remove small amounts of some material using some kind of cutting implement. They sell all sorts of special tools for the job, but I think it works just as well to trim the fabric with normal scissors. You'll need to trim the tough parts of the seaweed with a strong, sharp knife.
2. To make something lighter or leaner using some particular method; to remove or discard excessive or unwanted parts or elements of something with a particular strategy or plan. It's time to trim that stubborn body fat with our new patented five-step workout routine! I didn't want to trim the company's budget with mass layoffs, but it's the only option left.
3. To decorate or adorn the edges or lining of something with some material. You can rejuvenate a plain or old-fashioned jacket by trimming it with something bright and vibrant. One of my favorite things to do at Christmastime is to trim the tree with ornaments and tinsel.
See also: trim
1. To remove small amounts of something (from something else) by cutting. A noun or pronoun can be used between "trim" and "away." If you trim excess leaves and branches away, the plant will end up growing bigger and producing more fruit. A: "Why are you trimming away all the fat? That's the best part of the steak!" B: "Yuck! You're crazy!"
2. To discard or do away with small amounts of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "trim" and "away." Our monthly expenses have gotten out of control, so we're bringing in a financial consultant to help us trim some of them away. The aircraft is still too heavy. We need to find a way of trimming away another five kilograms.
3. To remove body fat (from some part of one's body), as with diet or exercise. A noun or pronoun can be used between "trim" and "away." I'd love to trim away some of these extra pounds before my wedding. This is one of the best ways to trim stubborn belly fat away.
1. To become lighter or thinner by losing weight. I'm trying to trim down before my wedding this summer.
2. To cause someone or something to lose weight or become less bulky. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "trim" and "down." We need to trim down our luggage or we'll get charged a fortune at the airport! I just want to trim my belly fat down a little bit. He really could have used a good editor to trim the book down a tad.
3. To remove or discard small amounts of something, especially that which is excessive or unwanted. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "trim" and "down." The company is selling a more modest version of the phone, trimming down the specs as well as the cost. We'll need to trim the number of guests down if we want to stay under budget.
1. To remove by cutting some small piece of someone or something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "trim" and "off." I just want to trim off some of your hair in the back—I promise I won't do anything drastic! I decided to trim off my mustache.
2. To excise some element or aspect abruptly or suddenly. A noun or pronoun can be used between "trim" and "off." The company was forced to trim off healthcare benefits for its employees in order to stay afloat. My editor trimmed nearly 200 pages off my book, calling them "unnecessary"!
3. To shed body fat (from some part of one's body), as through dieting or exercising. A noun or pronoun can be used between "trim" and "off." I'd love to trim a couple pounds off my waist before my wedding. This is one of the best ways to trim off that stubborn belly fat.
1. To trim something to the correct or desired shape or appearance. A noun or pronoun is used between "trim" and "up." I asked our gardener to trim up the hedges. The window frame is not fitting quite right in the wall, so I'll need to trim it up a bit. You need to trim your beard up a bit.
2. To give someone a minor haircut. A noun or pronoun is used between "trim" and "up." I'm not looking for any fancy new hairstyle. Just trim me up a little. I want to get trimmed up before my big meeting tomorrow.
3. To decorate or adorn something to the desired degree. A noun or pronoun is used between "trim" and "up." We're going to trim up the Christmas tree on Saturday. My job is to trim the window displays up at the start of each season.
4. To put up decorations for Christmas. Primarily heard in UK. People shouldn't be allowed to start trimming up until at least the middle of November!
5. In sailing, to cause the fore of the vessel to raise up by shifting its balance towards the aft. Primarily heard in UK. You'll need to trim up a bit before you start slowing down, otherwise the nose might dip into the water.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
trim (oneself) down
to take action to become slimmer or lose weight. I need to trim myself down before I go on vacation. I decided to trim down, but I never got around to it. You really need to trim down and stay at a lower weight.
trim something away (from something)
to cut something away (from something). The butcher trimmed the fat away from the steak. Please trim away the fat from the meat.
trim something down
to reduce the size of something. You will have to trim the picture down to get it into the frame. Trim down the picture before you frame it.
trim something off (of) someone or somethingand trim something off
to cut something off someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) I asked the barber to trim the beard off of Ralph. The barber trimmed off Ralph's beard.
with all the trimmings
with all the extra things, especially with food. We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. I look forward to roast turkey with all the trimmings.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To reduce something by or as if by cutting away the excess: The company is trimming down its budget this year. The editor trimmed the long manuscript down to 200 pages.
2. To lose weight, as by dieting or exercise: The doctor advised me to trim down.
To remove some excess by or as if by cutting: I trimmed off the rotten wood. The barber will trim my bangs off.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.