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gyp1

Syllabification: gyp
informal

verb (gyps, gypping, gypped)

[with object]
Cheat or swindle (someone): that’s salesmanship, you have to gyp people into buying stuff they don’t like
More example sentences
  • We learned later, after a beautiful drive alongside the palm-lined Euphrates back to Baghdad that our guides had gypped us.
  • Mom woke me up to give me a little broth (since my body has a habit of emptying its contents on an hourly basis, she gypped me of the good stuff).
  • We are angrily awaiting him, because he gypped us last year.

noun

(also gip) Back to top  
An act of cheating; a swindle.
Example sentences
  • That also means I never actually turned into a four-foot dragon, which is kind of a gyp.
  • But to have a machete-wielding wild woman and a baseball bat-brandishing hero and to never once get a good look at their handiwork seems like a colossal gyp.
  • The boys simply praise their companions' qualities and unsentimentally lament their death, which in their cosmology was mainly just a big gyp.

Origin

late 19th century: of unknown origin.

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(also gip)

noun

[mass noun] British informal
Pain or discomfort: one of her Achilles tendons had begun giving her gyp

Origin

late 19th century: perhaps from gee-up (see gee2).

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gyp3

Syllabification: gyp

noun

British
A college servant at the Universities of Cambridge and Durham.
Example sentences
  • I would get up early, leaving my room to be taken care of by a gyp who would even make my bed.
  • I can recollect, when I was a gyp at Cambridge, that the men used to have breakfast-parties for the very same purpose; and the exhibition of the morning acted infallibly upon the stomach, and caused the young students to eat with much voracity.

Origin

mid 18th century: perhaps from obsolete gippo 'menial kitchen servant', originally denoting a man's short tunic, from obsolete French jupeau.

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