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1‘she was tall and slim with long blonde hair’
slender, lean, willowy, sylphlike, svelte, lissom, graceful, snake-hipped, rangy, clean-limbed, trim, slight, slightly built
thin, as thin as a reed, skinny, size-zero, spare, attenuated, lanky, spindly
rare gracile, attenuate
2‘a slim silver bracelet’
narrow, slender, slimline
3‘there was only a slim chance of escape’
slight, small, slender, faint, feeble, poor, flimsy, tenuous, fragile, negligible, marginal, minimal
outside, remote, distant, unlikely, improbable
1‘if you eat only wholefoods, it should be easy to slim’
lose weight, get thinner, lose some pounds, shed some pounds, lose some inches, get into shape, shape up, reduce, diet, go on a diet
North American slenderize
put on weight
2‘the number of staff had been slimmed down from 32 to 24’
reduce, cut, cut back, cut down, make cutbacks in, scale down, trim, decrease, diminish, pare down, whittle away, prune
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