trim·​ming | \ ˈtri-miŋ How to pronounce trimming (audio) \

Definition of trimming

1a : an additional garnishing turkey and all the trimmings
b : a decorative accessory or additional item trimmings for a hat
c : the remnants of something that has been trimmed : clipping tree/grass/hedge trimmings
3 : the act of one who trims

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Examples of trimming in a Sentence

our football team suffered a pretty severe trimming
Recent Examples on the Web If Dad is partial to an electrical shaver, White recommends a portable, full-featured model for smooth trimming and precise detailing, such as the Andis 74000 Professional Cordless T-Outliner. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 14 June 2021 The package of additions recommended by Independent Budget Analyst Andrea Tevlin also includes money for new streetlights, tree trimming, brush clearing to prevent wildfires and a new city bureau focused on young people. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2021 There’s even an additional attachment cover for precision trimming. Chris Hachey, BGR, 15 June 2021 With the unseasonal hot days this spring, the sheep were ready for Saturday’s trimming. Carrie Napoleon,, 24 May 2021 Furthermore, these self-sharpening blades stay sharp for longer and provide smooth grooming and snag-free trimming, which will ultimately make your pet feel safer and more comfortable. Tim Kohut, BGR, 17 May 2021 Thus, long-term shareholder returns largely depend on the trimming of a huge debt pile which will subsequently ease cash flows and generate capital for future growth. Trefis Team, Forbes, 28 May 2021 But the White House insists that its trimming of the package from $2.2 trillion to $1.7 trillion is a good faith offer to keep the GOP on board. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 24 May 2021 Various third-party organizations give seals, like Certified Humane, American Humane Certified, and American Welfare Approved by AGW, to indicate that a farm meets requirements for factors like flock density and beak trimming. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of trimming

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of trimming was circa 1525

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5 Jul 2021

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“Trimming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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trim·​ming | \ ˈtri-miŋ \

Kids Definition of trimming

: something that ornaments, seasons, or completes roast turkey with all the trimmings

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