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2 [slik]
verb (used with object)
to make sleek or smooth.
to use a slicker on (skins or hides).
Informal. to make smart or fine; spruce up (usually followed by up ).
Metallurgy. a small trowel used for smoothing the surface of the mold.
any woodworking chisel having a blade more than 2 inches (5 cm) wide.

before 900; Middle English slicken (v.), Old English slician; akin to Old Norse slīkja to give a gloss to

unslicked, adjective Unabridged
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slick (slɪk)
1.  flattering and glib: a slick salesman
2.  adroitly devised or executed: a slick show
3.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) shrewd; sly
4.  informal superficially attractive: a slick publication
5.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) smooth and glossy; slippery
6.  a slippery area, esp a patch of oil floating on water
7.  a chisel or other tool used for smoothing or polishing a surface
8.  the tyre of a racing car that has worn treads
9.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) to make smooth or sleek
10.  informal (US), (Canadian) (usually foll by up) to smarten or tidy (oneself)
11.  (often foll by up) to make smooth or glossy
[C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic, Norwegian slikja to be or make smooth]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. -slician (attested in nigslicod "newly made sleek"), from P.Gmc. *slikojanan, from base *slikaz (cf. O.N. slikr "smooth," O.H.G. slihhan, Ger. schleichen "to creep, crawl, sneak," Du. slijk "mud, mire"), from PIE *sleig- "to smooth, glide, be muddy," from base *(s)lei- "slimy" (cf. O.E. lim "birdlime;"
L. limus "slime," linere "to anoint;" Skt. linati "sticks, stays"). The adj. is first attested c.1300, "smooth, glossy, sleek" (of skin or hair); sense of "clever in deception" is first recorded 1599.

1626, a kind of cosmetic, from slick (v.). Meaning "smooth place on the surface of water caused by oil, etc." is attested from 1849. Meaning "a swindler, clever person" is attested from 1959.
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