slick as a whistle

Very-smooth and neat; also, smoothly, quickly, easily. For example, That salesman is as slick as a whistle, or The fence post went in place slick as a whistle. The allusion in this simile, first recorded in 1830, is not totally clear, but presumably it refers either to the ease of producing a whistle or to its clear tone.


Nearby words

  1. slice of the pie,
  2. slice-of-life,
  3. sliced,
  4. slicer,
  5. slick,
  6. slicken,
  7. slickenside,
  8. slicker,
  9. slickly,
  10. slickrock

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