Without thinking he straightened his tie and slicked back his oily black hair.
So in a little while I slicked up some and went on around to her house.
The grease which is slicked off when “setting out in grease” is collected and sold.
The goods are slicked out, oiled up to samm, reset and dried out.
Dane slicked up the galley, trying to put things away as neatly as Mura kept them.
When I had staked out my pony, I went in and slicked up some.
"I see no use in it," said he, passing his hand over his hair "slicked" down in the lumber-jack fashion.
The Army of the Potomac had been slicked up a little for the occasion, and their marching was much better.
To-morrow we are to have monthly inspection, everything being "slicked up" in preparation.
If he doesnt go with me I miss my guess, he murmured as he donned his vest and coat and slicked his hair down with a wet brush.
Old English -slician (in nigslicod "newly made sleek"), from Proto-Germanic *slikojan, from base *slikaz (cf. Old Norse slikr "smooth," Old High German slihhan "to glide," German schleichen "to creep, crawl, sneak," Dutch slijk "mud, mire"), from PIE *sleig- "to smooth, glide, be muddy," from root *(s)lei- "slimy" (see slime (n.)). Related: Slicked; slicking.
1620s, 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.
early 14c., "smooth, glossy, sleek" (of skin or hair); sense of "clever in deception" is first recorded 1590s; that of "first-class, excellent" is from 1833. Related: Slickly; slickness.
[earlier 1800s uses were in comparative phrases like slick as bear's grease and slick as molasses]