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trimming

[trim-ing]
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noun
  1. anything used or serving to decorate or complete: the trimmings of a Christmas tree.
  2. Usually trimmings. an accompaniment or garnish to a main dish: roast turkey with all the trimmings.
  3. trimmings, pieces cut off in trimming, clipping, paring, or pruning.
  4. the act of a person or thing that trims.
  5. Informal. a beating or thrashing.
  6. Informal. a defeat: Our team took quite a trimming.
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Origin of trimming

First recorded in 1510–20; trim + -ing1
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accentfixingsgarnishtrappingsaccompaniments

British Dictionary definitions for trimmings

trimming

noun
  1. an extra piece used to decorate or complete
  2. (plural) usual or traditional accompanimentsroast turkey with all the trimmings
  3. (plural) parts that are cut off
  4. (plural) dialect ornaments; decorationsChristmas trimmings
  5. informal a reproof, beating, or defeat
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Word Origin and History for trimmings

n.

"adornments, accessories, etc.," 1610s, from trim (v.).

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