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slide

verb uk   us   /slaɪd/ (slid, slid)

slide verb (MOVE)

B2 [I or T] to (cause to) move easily and without interruption over a surface: When I was little I used to like sliding on the polished floor in my socks. We've got one of those doors in the kitchen that slides open. He slid the letter into his pocket while no one was looking. sliding doors
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slide verb (GET WORSE)

[I] to go into a worse state, often through lack of control or care: The dollar slid against other major currencies. Car exports slid by 40 percent this year. He was improving for a while, but I fear he's sliding back into his old habits. I was doing really well with my diet, but I'm afraid I've let it slide (= not tried as hard) recently.
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slide

noun uk   us   /slaɪd/

slide noun (MOVEMENT)

[C] a sudden movement of a large mass of mud (= wet earth) or rock down a hill: a mud/rock slide
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[C] a structure for children to play on which has a slope for them to slide down and usually a set of steps leading up to the slope a part that moves easily backwards and forwards on an instrument or machine: the slide on a trombone

slide noun (WORSE STATE)

[C usually singular] the process of moving into a worse state, often through lack of control or care: The government must take measures, he said, to halt the country's slide into recession.

slide noun (PHOTOGRAPHY)

[C] a small piece of photographic film in a frame that, when light is passed through it, shows a larger image on a screen or plain surface: colour slides
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slide noun (GLASS)

[C] a small piece of glass on which you put something in order to look at it through a microscope

slide noun (HAIR)

[C] UK short form of hair slide
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