late 18th century: abbreviation of pippin.
- Each domino with 10 pips - - is worth 10 points to the side that wins it in their tricks.
- They include a bizarre grand piano, not only reconstructed by Philip Webb but in addition decorated by Kate Faulkner with playing-card pips, mottoes and whorls of gilt gesso-work.
- In both cases, the players who did not domino score the total of the pips on the tiles left in their hand.
- The other man was solidly built, and dressed in a black uniform, two golden pips on each shoulder, and with his hands gloved in a similar black.
- I did not even have time to get out of the door before a man in a white shirt full of shoulder pips and a stern look on his face appeared to warn me off taking action.
- He was in full dress uniform, black with golden pips and a red beret.
late 16th century (originally peep, denoting each of the dots on playing cards, dice, and dominoes): of unknown origin.
Entry from British & World English dictionary
give someone the pip
- informal dated Make someone angry or depressed.Example sentences
- If somebody's giving you the pip - and that possibility's high - view them as yet another interesting deviation from the norm.
- If this gives you the pip, think before you nip about the wisdom of people in glass houses not throwing stones.
- Professionals who wrap themselves in national colours following success (usually only when someone throws it in their direction) gives me the pip.
verb (pips, pipping, pipped)[with object]
late 19th century: perhaps of imitative origin.
verb (pips, pipping, pipped)[with object] (usually be pipped)
- Shearer also picked up the goal of the season award for his volley against Everton and just pipped City's Darren Edmondson to the prize.
- He didn't just pip the previous record, he's beaten it out of sight.
- Brave Ranger 9/4 finished strongly to just pip Sallins Prince for second place by a head.