- 1Done or operating in an impressively smooth and efficient way: Rangers have been entertaining crowds with a slick passing gameMore example sentences
- Today's pirates are slick professional operations filling Britain's airwaves with everything from street music to extreme political messages.
- Py's stagecraft, with its rolling trolleys, red curtains and golded frames like religious icons, is slick and efficient, but not dazzling.
- Brazil's slick passing game gathered pace, helped by Turkey's defensive errors, but the score was unchanged at halftime.
- 1.1Smooth and superficially impressive but insincere or shallow: the brands are backed by slick advertising a salesperson may be viewed as a slick confidence tricksterMore example sentences
- Don't be fooled by the slick advertising and deceptively impressive hardware and launch titles.
- Far from being slick and superficial, it is, he says, a natural empathy with the listener which wins their sympathy and support and shows the best side of the politician.
- But this effort is based on action, not slick advertising.
- 2(Of skin or hair) smooth and glossy: a dandy-looking dude with a slick black ponytailMore example sentences
- He was tall with black, slick hair and brown eyes.
- Maria soon returned with her father, a burly man with a curled black mustache and slick hair.
- His straight slick hair shone like silver in the moonlight.
- 2.1(Of a surface) smooth, wet, and slippery: she tumbled back against the slick, damp wallMore example sentences
- The few other people that were there watched in confusion as he soared across the slick surface and crashed into the wall.
- We get out and shuffle cautiously on the slick surface.
- It skidded across the slick surface and fell off the other side with a sickly thunk.
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- 1An oil slick: the slick is a serious threat to marine lifeMore example sentences
- Nicholls was competing in France in 2002 when the slick from the oil tanker Prestige hit the beach.
- Just as frightening, and equally lethal, is the summer equivalent - a slick of engine oil on the road and a slight drizzle on top.
- I informed the pilot there was a large slick of engine oil down the starboard pylon.
- 2An application or amount of a glossy or oily substance: a slick of lip glossMore example sentences
- There was an oily slick on top and far too many noodles, flabbily over - cooked.
- Blot the whole lip area again and top with a slick of gloss.
- If you do feel your blood pressure starting to rise, simply slap on a slick of stress-relieving peppermint oil lip gloss.
- 3 (usually slicks) A racing-car or bicycle tyre without a tread, for use in dry weather conditions: Hunt’s victory resulted from the finest sort of judgement about when to change his wet tyres to slicksMore example sentences
- He didn't have much time in the car before the race and going out on slicks in those conditions was a real test,’ reckoned Lockie.
- This produced frantic activity on the grid as drivers decided whether to stay with wet tyres or change to slicks.
- It's never much fun driving over snow or ice on slicks, although I have gained a lot of experience and confidence in this sort of situation.
- 4North American • informal A glossy magazine: writing for any of the so-called slicks was considered selling outMore example sentences
- Although the stories are not his best work, he and his agent must have been pleased to receive the higher rates that the slicks were paying.
- Similarly the original story appeared in a slick in 1933.
- 5North American • informal A smooth but insincere or shallow person.More example sentences
- Before, she allowed herself to be pulled like a wishbone by sponsors, agents and other corporate slicks.
- The employees in my opinion are fake, polished, phony smiling ear to ear corporate slicks - especially when taking your money.
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- 1 [with object and adverbial] Make (one’s hair) flat, smooth, and glossy by applying water, oil, or gel to it: his damp hair was slicked backMore example sentences
- Her straight chin length black hair was slicked back with water, and ended at the back of her neck.
- The water had slicked back Jess's hair, exposing the garish black-stitched scar by her left temple.
- His hair was cutely slicked back; his eyes were bright and glossy.
- 1.1Cover with a film of liquid; make wet or slippery: she woke to find her body slicked with sweatMore example sentences
- His body was sweat slicked and burning when she finally came back to earth.
- It's cold, but she guesses that's probably down more to the viscous sheen of sweat slicked across her body than to the weather itself.
- There is butter here, lots of it, and its liquid richness coats the dry-curd feta and slicks the crêpes.
- 2 (slick someone/thing up) North American Make someone or something smart, tidy, or stylish: dad groused about getting slicked upMore example sentences
- She slicked her hair up, did her makeup, and ran down the stairs.
- However, I can say after purposely firing multiple consecutive shots without swabbing the bore (under test conditions) that hot water slicked the rifle up to brand new in a few short minutes.
- The gel ran through her fingers as she slicked her hair up.
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- Jazz, Latin and classical stylings combine smoothly and slickly.
- He is convinced that a slickly produced play reflecting the fascinating social and cultural environment of Central Australia could find a national and international audience.
- ‘Be a part of the revolution,’ says the slickly made ad.
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- The purpose of it came to bear in making this feature, where talking, movement, primitivity, some slickness, and a recognition of the power of music all had to play big.
- They loathe designer slickness and gloss and love accidents, imperfections, discontinuities and visible signs of process.
- It's about context and usability, not just slickness or drama.
Middle English (in the senses 'glossy' and 'make smooth or glossy'): probably from Old English and related to Old Norse slíkr 'smooth'; compare with sleek.