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Slippery, 1) smooth, glib: “as s. as the Gordian knot was hard,” Cymb. II, 2, 34. Metaphorically: “all minds, as well of glib and s. creatures as of grave and austere quality,” Tim. I, 1, 53. “a s. and subtle knave,” Oth. II, 1, 246 (F1 slipper).
2) not affording firm footing: “he that stands upon a s. place,” John III, 4, 137. hanging them (the billows) “in the s. clouds,” H4B III, 1, 24. “my credit now stands on such s. ground,” Caes. III, 1, 191. “whose top is so s.” Cymb. III, 3, 48.
3) not standing firm: “s. standers,” Troil. III, 3, 84. Hence == inconstant, unstable, fickle: “the love that leaned on them as s. too,” Troil. III, 3, 85. “O world, thy s. turns!” Cor. IV, 4, 12. “our s. people,” Ant. I, 2, 192. Even == unchaste, wanton: “my wife is s.” Wint. I, 2, 273.
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