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out of trim

1. Unprepared, as of ships that are not ready to sail. "To trim," in the nautical sense, means to adjust a ship's balance or sails. No, we can't leave yet, the boat is out of trim!
2. In poor condition, usually physically. I know I need to get back to the gym—I'm really out of trim these days. A: "I checked on the house a few months ago, why?" B: "It's completely out of trim! Paint is peeling, windows are broken, it's a mess!"
See also: of, out, trim

be in fighting trim

To be prepared to tackle a situation, often with an emphasis on one's physical strength or readiness. You'll do great in the race—after months of training, you're in fighting trim.
See also: fight, trim

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.
See also: sail, trim

fit and trim

slim and in good physical shape. Jean tried to keep herself fit and trim at all times. For some people, keeping fit and trim requires time, effort, and self-discipline.
See also: and, fit, trim

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.
See also: down, trim

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.
See also: away, trim

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.
See also: down, trim

trim something from something

to cut something away from something. I trimmed the fat from the steaks. We had to trim a lot of the fat from the meat after we got it home.
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trim something off (of) someone or something

 and 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.
See also: off, trim

trim something with something

to decorate something with something. She trimmed the dress with lace. Bobby and Timmy trimmed the tree with colorful ornaments.
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trim one's sails

Modify one's stand, adapt to circumstances, as in His advisers told him to trim his sails before he alienated voters and bungled the election completely . This metaphoric expression alludes to adjusting a ship's sails to take full advantage of prevailing winds. [Late 1700s]
See also: sail, trim

in fighting trim

If someone or something is in fighting trim, they are in very good condition. I need to be in fighting trim for the months ahead. Note: You can also say that someone or something gets into fighting trim. They need to get the company into fighting trim for the next decade. Note: A boxer who is in fighting trim is fit and ready to fight.
See also: fight, trim

in trim

slim and healthy.
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trim your sails

make changes to suit your new circumstances.
Literally, trim a sail means ‘adjust the sail of a boat to take advantage of the wind’.
See also: sail, trim

be, keep, etc. in ˈtrim

(British English, informal) be, remain, etc. fit and healthy: For a man of his age he keeps in good trim. OPPOSITE: be out of shape (2)
See also: trim

ˌtrim your ˈsails

1 arrange the sails of a boat to suit the wind so that the boat moves faster
2 reduce your costs: Increasingly, businesses are having to trim their sails in order to survive.
See also: sail, trim

trim down

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.
See also: down, trim

trim off

To remove some excess by or as if by cutting: I trimmed off the rotten wood. The barber will trim my bangs off.
See also: off, trim
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One thing I think is of particular interest to owners of low-deadrise (shallow vee) bayboats, skiffs and bassboats: Active Trim senses when you're making a turn, automatically trimming the engine down some to minimize prop blowout.
Also worth pointing out: The system won't automatically trim the engine down if, while at rest, you've trimmed up past a certain point.
A gray-blue, such as Cape Cod blue, has great curb appeal, as does a beige-gray such as taupe with white trim.
If FDA were to adopt that figure, it could conceivably knock Fibre Trim and Fiber Diet right out of the market, because both supply less than 10 percent of that "USRDA" per serving.
Building on the previous model's five-star National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rating for both front and rear side impact crash tests, Sorento offers the following safety features as standard equipment across all trim lines: advanced two-stage airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control (TCS), tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), active front headrests, energy-absorbing steering column, driver knee airbag, rear child door locks, rear seat fixed upper and lower anchors for child safety seats (LATCH), and three-point seat belts for all seating positions with adjustable anchors and pretensioners with force limiters in front.
Finally, don't trim those trees along the sidewalk even though they appear to be in your yard.
Fluted pilasters: A decorative strip of wood that looks sort of like a Roman pillar, often found in door and widow trim packages, but also used for decorative mantel or molding designs.
The trim examinations give customers more information on features included with each trim level.
which happens to be more flattering than the ankle trim, she confides.
para]]Great West Chrysler emphasizes trim levels of the 2015 Ram 1500[[/para]]
At Monlux, about 150 volunteers helped plant flowers and sod, trim shrubbery and pull weeds.
2, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Carbon Trim Solutions, a company that produces a variety of Apple, Samsung and other useful accessories made from pure carbon fiber, has just announced the launch of a new, fabric carbon fiber product line known as FlexCarbon (TM).
When the mold transfers back to the blow position, the same movement places the trim fixture into the trim station, according to the company.
May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AZEK Trim, manufactured by CPG Building Products, introduces AZEK Quick-Corner, an easy solution for corners that can save more time than ever before
April 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AZEK Trim, manufactured by CPG Building Products, introduces AZEK Ready Rake, a one-piece extruded profile offering a finished look that is more convenient and consistent than laminating two pieces together on the jobsite.