Green’s Dictionary of Slang

slick v.

[SE slick]

1. (also slick over) to get something finished with or disposed of quickly.

[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[US]Z. Grey Robbers’ Roost 211: Mebbe we can slick it over.

2. to swindle, to hoax, to cheat.

[US]L.H. Medina Nick of the Woods III i: Ain’t I just slicked myself out of the paws of five mortal aborigines?
[US]L.H. Bagg Four Years at Yale 48: Slick [...] As a verb, the word signifies to secure the pledge of a man’s money or services in support of objects to which he really does not wish to give them.
[US]G. Milburn ‘A Hard Road to Ride’ in Hobo’s Hornbook 248: I’ve slicked the bulls at De Queen.
[US] ‘Konky Mohair’ in D. Wepman et al. Life (1976) 104: I’ve always been fair with my people; / I always abide by the rules. / Now the young whores is trying to outslick me, / And the tricks are no longer fools.
[US]D. Goines Dopefiend (1991) 25: Don’t even try to slick me out of none of my dope.
[US](con. 1930s) C.E. Lincoln The Avenue, Clayton City (1996) 68: A Jew [...] ’ll rob you blind and jolly you along with a funny story the whole time he’s slicking you out of your money.
[US]T. Wolfe Bonfire of the Vanities 475: You been slicking me some kinda bad, bad, bad, but I’m gonna give you a chance to make up for it.

In phrases

slick-’em-plenty (n.) [racial stereotyping both as to ethics and occupation] (US black)

a derog. term for a Jew, implying duplicitous, persuasive talk .

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 61: Other labels, slick-em-plenty, fast-talkin Charlie [...] characterized the Jew — particularly the Jewish merchant.
slick (oneself) up (v.)

1. (US) to tidy (oneself), to make neat; thus slicked up, tidy.

[US]Richmond (VA) Enquirer 22 Aug. 4/1: She calls it ‘slicking up the room’ [DA].
[US]S. Smith Major Downing 43: The house was all slicked up as neat as a pin, and the things in every room all sot to rights.
[US]R. Carlton New Purchase I 72: The caps most in vogue then were made of dark, coarse, knotted twine, like a cabbage-net [...] worn, as the wives themselves said— ‘to save slicking up every day, and to hide dirt!’.
[US]T. Haliburton Nature and Human Nature I 360: I might slick up for a party.
[US]Atlantic Monthly May 571/2: ‘Where’s Kate?’ ‘Up stairs, a-slickin’ up’ [DA].
[US]‘Mark Twain’ Tom Sawyer 263: Come down when you are slicked up enough.
Woodstock Sentinel (IL) 27 May 3/4: ‘The first one was slicked up and smart appearin’; he had let on that he had money’.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 37: It wasn’t a female that he had ‘slicked up’ for.
[US]H.L. Wilson Ruggles of Red Gap (1917) 284: I slicked up some and went on around to her house.
[US]S. Lewis Arrowsmith 19: It produces the paint that slicks up your house.
[US]O. Strange Sudden 116: Slick yoreself up, buy a new shirt.
[US](con. WWI) J.W. Bellah ‘Fear’ in Mason Fighting American (1945) 443: Slick up a bit and come into my hutch [...] Dinner in half a tick.
[US]L.F. Cooley Run For Home (1959) 170: He was not getting slicked up to go ‘on the prowl’.
[US]‘Tom Pendleton’ Iron Orchard (1967) 115: Wouldn’t no woman have nothin’ to do with you if you was slicked up and sober—lest it was a woman goat!
[US]B. Jackson Killing Time 177: The yardman was all slicked up.
[Can](con. 1920s) O.D. Brooks Legs 225: You can get slicked up in your new fiddle.

2. in fig. use, to arrange, to defeat, to ‘make good’.

[US]S. Ford Torchy 106: Now if you give me time I can slick up an answer so it’ll sound like the truth and mean something else; but as an offhand liar I’m a frost.
[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 216: I’d rather work with you than Prewitt, anyway. You and me can really slick them up.
slick over (v.)

see sense 1 above.