Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Slick Off.

 Slick (Sam).Sliding Scale. 
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Slick Off.
 
To finish a thing there and then without stopping; to make a clean sweep of a job in hand. Judge Haliburton’s Sam Slick popularised the word. (German, schlicht, sleek, polished, hence clean; Icelandic, slke, sleek.) We say, “To do a thing clean off” as well as “slick off.”   1
 


 Slick (Sam).Sliding Scale. 

 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors