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slick

adjective uk   /slɪk/ us  
operating or performing skilfully and effectively, without problems and without seeming to need effort: Manilow gave the slick, polished performance that we've come to expect. A slick pass from Eaves to Brinkworth set up the goal. disapproving skilful and effective but not sincere or honest: It's that sort of slick sales talk that I mistrust.

slick

noun [C] uk   /slɪk/ us  

slick noun [C] (OIL)

an oil slick

slick noun [C] (MAGAZINE)

US for glossy magazine

slick

verb [T usually + adv/prep] uk   /slɪk/ us  
to cause hair to be smooth and close to the head by brushing it flat, often using a substance to make it stick: He'd slicked his hair back with gel.
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