late 18th century: abbreviation of pippin.
- 1.1Any of the spots on playing cards, dice, or dominoes.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.4An image of an object on a radar screen.More example sentences
- In the HEADING-UPWARD display, the target pips are painted at their measured distances in direction relative to own ship's heading.
- 1.5British A star (1-3 according to rank) on the shoulder of an army officer’s uniform.More example sentences
- 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.
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- A disease of poultry or other birds causing thick mucus in the throat and white scale on the tongue.More example sentences
- Rearing turkeys was no easy job even in small numbers and diseases such as pip and gape took their toll despite good care and attention.
give someone the pip
- • informal • dated Make someone angry or depressed.More 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.
late Middle English: from Middle Dutch pippe, probably from an alteration of Latin pituita 'slime'. In the late 15th century the word came to be applied humorously to unspecified human diseases, and later to ill humor.
verb (pips, pipping, pipped)[with object]
- (Of a young bird) crack (the shell of the egg) when hatching.More example sentences
- The first chicks will start to pip the shell as early as the 19th day of incubation.
- Each pipped egg was measured and put in a portable heating unit at 37 deg C until it hatched
late 19th century: perhaps of imitative origin.
verb (pips, pipping, pipped)[with object] (usually be pipped)
- 1Defeat by a small margin or at the last moment: you were just pipped for the prizeMore example sentences
- 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.