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"slick" in British English

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slickadjective

uk   us   /slɪk/
operating or ​performingskilfully and ​effectively, without ​problems and without ​seeming to need ​effort: Manilow gave the slick, ​polishedperformance 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 ​salestalk that I ​mistrust.

slicknoun [C]

uk   us   /slɪk/

slickverb [T usually + adv/prep]

uk   us   /slɪk/
to ​causehair to be ​smooth and ​close to the ​head by ​brushing it ​flat, often using a ​substance to make it ​stick: He slicked his ​hair back with ​gel.
(Definition of slick from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slick" in American English

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slickadjective

 us   /slɪk/
  • slick adjective (SKILLFUL)

operating or ​performingskillfully and ​effectively and without ​seeming to ​try hard: Maz was such a slick ​fielder, one of the ​best in ​baseball. Slick can sometimes ​meanskillful and ​effective but ​lacking in ​sincerity: He was a slick ​politician with an ​answer for everything.
  • slick adjective (SMOOTH)

having a ​smooth, ​shinysurface so that you ​tend to ​slide when ​walking or ​riding on it: roads slick with ​ice

slickverb [T]

 us   /slɪk/
  • slick verb [T] (SMOOTH HAIR)

to ​causehair to be ​smooth and ​shiny: His ​hair was slicked back.
(Definition of slick from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"slick" in Business English

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slickadjective

uk   us   /slɪk/ MARKETING
something that is slick is clever or attractive to ​look at, but may not have much ​realmeaning or any important ​ideas: a slick ​magazine/​brochureslick advertising/marketing/presentation The Liberal Party's slick ​marketing has not convinced ​voters.
someone who is slick has an attractive manner and is good at persuading ​people, but may not be sincere or moral: He's slick and funny, but ​human underneath. a slick ​salesman/politician
slickness
noun [U]
They have been criticized for the slickness of their ​advertisingcampaign.
(Definition of slick from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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