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"nickel slick"

Posted by Patty on March 19, 2001

In Reply to: "Nickel slick" posted by Yatooka on March 17, 2001

: I have the general idea of what it means but am interested in a specific meaning and maybe the origin. Thanks.

I'll take a stab, since no one else has yet. I have the sense that it relates either to the coin or to nickel plating, which was common before chrome plating. When either a nickel (coin) or something that is nickel-plated are new, they are slick like a chrome-plated surface. It is probably used figuratively to refer to a slick person, some shrewd and slippery rascal. - Patty