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1‘his straggly hair had been washed and trimmed’
cut, barber, crop, bob, shorten, clip, snip, shear
neaten, shape, tidy up, even up
2‘trim off the lower leaves using a sharp knife’
cut off, remove, take off, chop off, lop off, shave off, hack off, nip off
3‘production and labour costs need to be trimmed’
reduce, decrease, make reductions in, cut down, cut back on, make cutbacks in, scale down, prune, slim down, pare down, salami-slice, dock, retrench on
4‘the story was severely trimmed for the film version’
shorten, abridge, condense, abbreviate, telescope, truncate, curtail
5‘a pair of black leather gloves trimmed with fake fur’
decorate, adorn, ornament, embellish
edge, pipe, border, hem, fringe
1‘white curtains with a blue trim’
decoration, trimming, ornamentation, adornment, embellishment
border, edging, piping, purfling, rickrack, hem, fringe, frill
2‘an unruly mop in desperate need of a trim’
haircut, cut, barbering, clip, snip
1‘a cropped, fitted jacket looks trim with a long-line skirt’
smart, stylish, chic, spruce, dapper, elegant, crisp
informal natty, sharp
North American informal spiffy
2‘a trim little villa’
neat, tidy, neat and tidy, as neat as a new pin, orderly, in order, in good order, well kept, well looked-after, well maintained, in apple-pie order, immaculate, spick and span, uncluttered, straight, spruce
untidy, messy, scruffy
3‘men find her trim figure and vivacious personality very appealing’
slim, slender, lean, clean-limbed, sleek, willowy, lissom, sylphlike, svelte, snake-hipped
‘she keeps herself in trim with regular visits to the health club’
fit, fighting fit, as fit as a fiddle, in good health, in good condition, in fine fettle, aerobicized
slim, in shape
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