trim one's sails
phrasal to adjust oneself or one's actions to prevailing conditions

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • trim one's sails — ► trim one s sails (to the wind) make changes to suit one s new circumstances. Main Entry: ↑trim …   English terms dictionary

  • trim one's sails — phrasal : to adjust oneself or one s actions or expenditures to prevailing conditions had to trim his sails in accordance with the prevalent faith C.H.Sykes * * * trim one s sails To adjust or modify one s plans, policy or opinion to take account …   Useful english dictionary

  • trim one's sails — idi+inf trim one s sails, to cut expenses; economize …   From formal English to slang

  • trim one's sails — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. adapt, adjust oneself, accede; see accommodate 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • trim one's sails (to the wind) — make changes to suit one s new circumstances. → trim …   English new terms dictionary

  • trim one's sails to the wind — ► trim one s sails (to the wind) make changes to suit one s new circumstances. Main Entry: ↑trim …   English terms dictionary

  • trim — [trim] vt. trimmed, trimming [via ME dial. < OE trymman, to make firm, set in order, array < trum, strong, firm: for IE base see TREE] 1. Obs. to prepare; fit out; dress 2. to put in proper order; make neat or tidy, esp. by clipping,… …   English World dictionary

  • trim — ► VERB (trimmed, trimming) 1) make (something) neat by cutting away irregular or unwanted parts. 2) cut off (irregular or unwanted parts). 3) reduce the size, amount, or number of. 4) decorate (something), especially along its edges. 5) adapt one …   English terms dictionary

  • trim — trimly, adv. trimness, n. /trim/, v., trimmed, trimming, n., adj., trimmer, trimmest, adv. v.t. 1. to put into a neat or orderly condition by clipping, paring, pruning, etc.: to trim a hedge. 2. to remove (something superfluous or dispensable) by …   Universalium

  • trim — [[t]trɪm[/t]] v. trimmed, trim•ming, 1) to put into a neat or orderly condition by clipping, paring, pruning, etc.: to trim a hedge[/ex] 2) to remove (something superfluous or dispensable) by or as if by cutting (often fol. by off): to trim off… …   From formal English to slang

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