3. frivolous, shallow, superficial, light, meaningless, without depth; idle, silly, inane, asinine, foolish,
trim, v. 1. clip, snip, nip, prune, pare; cut, bob, crop, shingle; shear, shave, fleece, pollard, poll, scalp, cut down to the quick; neaten, even up; shape, form, fashion, sculpt, sculp, sculpture.
trim off dock, bobtail, lop, chop, hack, cut off, saw off; remove, detach, amputate, cut out or away, eliminate.
3. fit, cut down, cut down to size, taper, tailor, hem, (both of clothing) take in, let out; pare down, plane, shave, whittle, chisel, carve, hew, scrape or sand down; reduce, diminish, decrease, cut back, retrench; shorten, truncate, abridge, abbreviate, cut short, curtail, Rare, obtruncate; digest, abstract, epitomize, summarize, brief, synopsize, boil down, condense, contract, compress, concentrate, put in a nutshell.
4. amend, revise, restyle, recast, remold, remodel; edit, blue-pencil, emend, emendate; adjust, modify, make fit or conform, make adjustments or changes in; shift, redistribute, rearrange, realign, reorganize, reorder, permutate; regulate, symmetrize, equalize, balance, level, coordinate.
5. edge, border, purfle, purl, fringe, befringe; embroider, bead, spangle, bespangel, stud, bestud, beset; bind, cover; decorate, adorn, embellish, ornament, garnish, festoon, Archaic, ouch, Archaic, dight; furbish, prink, prank, dress up, deck out, deck, bedeck, bedizen, trap out, accouter, attire, caparison; beautify, prettify, fix up, Inf. pretty up, Inf. spruce up, Inf. trick up, Inf. gussy up; brighten up, perk up, color, blazon, emblazon.
6. Informal, a. rebuke, reprove, reproach, reprehend, scold, chide, reprimand; admonish, call down* call on the carpet, take [s.o.] to task, rap [s.o.'s] knuckles, slap [s.o.'s] wrists, b. spank, tan [s.o.'sj hide, thrash, flog, lash, switch, birch, scourge; Inf. lambaste, Inf. lace, Inf. thump, Inf. whale, SI. whump, SI.
beat the tar out of, beat, batter, pummel. c. trounce, rout, beat by a mile, win by a landslide, Inf. whip, Inf. wallop, SI.
kill; vanquish, conquer, defeat, beat out, worst, win over.
7. be noncommittal, say nothing one way or the other, be vague or ambiguous; dodge, duck, fudge, shuffle, waffle, skirt the issue, fence, hem and haw, halt, weasel, doubletalk, palter, beat around the bush; walk a tightrope, tightrope, straddle the fence, Inf. talk out of both side's of one's mouth, play both ends against the middle; be politic, be diplomatic or tactful, watch one's every step, proceed cautiously or with caution, be careful, walk softly; hedge, play it safe, cover one's bets.
-n. 8. good shape or condition, proper adjustment, good working order, Inf. apple-pie order; trimness, spruceness, orderliness, organization, neatness, tidiness, Chiefly Brit, trigness.
9. trimming, edging, fringe, lace, rickrack, ribbon, braid, binding; embroidery, filigree, ornament, frill, flourish, flounce, furbelow, garnish, dressing, window dressing; decoration, ornamentation, ornament, adornment, embellishment; gingerbread, frippery, fol-derol, fuss, trappings, SI.
flash; spangle, sequins, tinsel, trinket, clinquant, bauble, gimcrack, gewgaw, trifle, Inf. doodad, Inf. fandangle, Archaic. ouch.
10. cut, clip, snip, pruning, paring; haircut, style, shaping, bob, crop, shingle, crewcut, summer cut.
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The word repress can be used in two ways:
1) To put a stop to something by force.
A country's army can repress a revolution or revolt - stop it by fighting and winning against the revolutionaries. Politicians and governments can also repress opposition or dissent (disagreement) through control of the media as well as threatening people who have different opinions.
2) To hold back your feelings, or avoid revealing or acting on them.
If your boss makes an embarrassing mistake during a presentation to a client, you may have to repress your laughter (not laugh, even though you want to). The word "suppress" can also be used for this, and is probably more common.
In psychology, if feelings, memories, or desires are repressed, it means they are buried deep in the person's consciousness (and often cause some negative effects on thinking or behavior). For example, a man who abuses children may have repressed memories of himself being abused when he was a child.
Suppress is the most common of the three, and has the most general meaning. It can be used:
1) In the same sense as repress - to stop a rebellion, uprising, revolt, or dissent by using force. Sometimes we add the adjectives violently, brutally, or bloodily if the suppression involved fighting and killing.
2) For holding back feelings - similarly to repress, but without the psychology meaning. If one of your co-workers who is extremely lazy receives a huge promotion, you might have to suppress your surprise upon hearing the news.
We often say somebody was "unable to suppress" their emotion if they couldn't avoid showing their feelings, or "tried to suppress" their emotion if they are making an effort but having difficulty:
3) Prevent something from being revealed
A dishonest lawyer might suppress evidence in a criminal trial. A controlling government might suppress information or news that could present the government in a negative light.