- 1A flexible or spring-loaded device for holding an object or objects together or in place: he undid two clips and lifted the lid a gilt clip fastened her hairMore example sentences
- The clips, bonded together in rows of 50, like gun nails, prevent tangling and make installation fast and productive.
- The pocket clip is reversible, spring loaded and adjustable for tension.
- He undoes the clips and straps producing a sword that looks as though it were a slab of scrap metal.
- 1.1A piece of jewellery fastened by a clip: a diamanté clipMore example sentences
- Placing diamanté clips and delicate barrettes add a sassy touch of glamour to hairstyles for the holiday.
- Live roses had been picked from the garden and were entwined in the pattern, along with jewelled clips and silk ribbons.
- I winced as they pulled and shaped, until my long curls were pulled into a low ponytail and a diamanté clip was attached.
- 1.2A clip for holding banknotes: he drew two fifties from his golden clipMore example sentences
- Keep it real with this great money clip.
- Somehow we were under the impression that money clips were old hat, replaced by wallets and purses.
- The tray includes a number of currency compartments, at least one of the currency compartments including a pivoting currency clip having an upward position.
- 2A metal holder containing cartridges for an automatic firearm: he shot twice, but his clip was emptyMore example sentences
- Unfortunately, the airdrop contained no heavy mortar ammunition, no illumination rounds and only loose rifle cartridges instead of clips.
- As he yells the last part five burly men run down the stairs carrying fully automatic weapons with extended clips.
- He looked nervous as he placed a new clip into his automatic weapon.
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- Fasten or be fastened with a clip or clips: [with object]: she clipped on a pair of diamond earrings [no object]: the panels simply clip on to the frameworkMore example sentences
- The hooks clip onto the roof rack and the cords simply slide in, are pulled to the exact length and then locked in place.
- The overhangs have hooks that washers can clip to as they clean.
- The other day I had a ballpoint pen clipped to my trousers when I brushed past something and lost it.
Old English clyppan (verb), of West Germanic origin. The noun use dates from the late 15th century.
verb (clips, clipping, clipped)[with object]
- 1Cut short or trim (hair, vegetation, etc.) with shears or scissors: I was clipping the hedgeMore example sentences
- Some of them have big beards and long hair, whilst others clip their hair short or shave the head, merely allowing a tuft to remain on the crown as a sign that they are Christians.
- The statues and trees looked tiny from up high, as did the hedges that had been clipped into elaborate shapes by the skilled gardeners, into birds and animals.
- He attempts to rub away the graffiti on his mother's tombstone and takes out a pair of scissors to clip the grass on her grave.
- 1.1Trim or remove the hair or wool of (an animal): we explain how to clip your horseMore example sentences
- The sight of farmers clipping their sheep is another traditional rural sight which is becoming gradually less common.
- Farmers, who had to clip their sheep anyway at a cost of 50 pence per animal, would be paid for doing so, and would not be forced to burn the wool.
- If possible, bathe and clip your horse the day before you need to leave.
- 1.2 (clip something off) Cut off a thing or part of a thing with shears or scissors: Philip clipped off another piece of wire • figurative she clipped nearly two seconds off the world recordMore example sentences
- Geraldine finished third in Paris in yet another personal best of 4.02.08, clipping a second off her PB in Brussels, which only saw her finish in sixth place.
- On his last outing he drove like a man possessed and clipped a tenth off the Brazilian's time to ensure an all-Ferrari barrier at the start of the race.
- Dr Roger Bannister clipped a second off the world record in a legendary 1954 race in Oxford.
- 1.3Cut (a section) from a newspaper or periodical: a photograph clipped from a magazineMore example sentences
- You can add pieces by hitting the ‘add’ button, and you can clip sections, links, forms, or pages.
- In this way a user can clip the section of a Web page that they are interested in (say a price, or some details which they will need to refer to later).
- We clip newspaper articles showing lengthy sentences for repeat offenders.
- 1.4Illicitly pare the edge of (a coin): they clipped the edges of gold coins and melted the clippings downMore example sentences
- And much as the Roman Empire had clipped their coins to create more money, the Fed was already undermining the gold standard.
- Counterfeiting or clipping the coinage was regarded as a heinous crime.
- In olden days, crooks used to shave or clip the edges of coins and then sell the shavings to a disreputable goldsmith or silversmith.
- 1.5British Remove a small piece of (a bus or train ticket) to show that it has been used.More example sentences
- I asked him why he hadn't pointed this out when he clipped our tickets.
- ‘Enjoy your film,’ the attendants say nowadays, as they clip your ticket.
- The guard clipped the tickets, smiled and waved them through quickly.
- 1.6 Computing Process (an image) so as to remove the parts outside a certain area: once the video image is captured, it can be panned, clipped, and zoomedMore example sentences
- If the graphic is too large for the page it will be clipped, something you almost never want.
- it must be saved to the hard disk before you can clip the image.
- There are multiple ways to clip an image, many of them use the subset command.
- 1.7 Electronics Truncate the amplitude of (a signal) above or below predetermined levels: once the amplifier has boosted the signal it is clipped to provide a digital pulseMore example sentences
- Normalization is a process that increases the peak amplitude of a signal to the maximum level before clipping.
- If the signal is clipped by the amplifier, unacceptable spectral leakage to the adjacent channels will occur.
- A traditional fuzz circuit boosts and clips the signal sufficiently to turn a standard sine wave input in to what is effectively a square wave output.
- 2British Strike smartly or with a glancing blow: the car clipped the kerb he’ll clip your earMore example sentences
hit, strike, make contact with, touch, brush, graze, glance off, tap, run into, bang into, crack into/againsthit, strike, cuff, smack, slap, thump, punch, knock, rap, box someone's earsScottish & Northern English • informal skelp
- Her vehicle was clipped by an overtaking car and flipped upside down.
- When he got to the middle of the road he was clipped by the car and flicked up into the air.
- He was also one-and-a-half times over the drink drive limit and while driving he clipped a kerb and rolled the car, which skidded into roadside railings.
- 4 [no object, with adverbial of direction] • informal , chiefly US Move quickly: we clip down the trackMore example sentences
- Shoppers loved the idea of parking close to the store and quickly clipping through the aisles.
- For nearly half an hour we clipped along at a good pace chatting and enjoying the fine scenery.
- She clipped down the road about 10 miles over the speed limit.
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- 1.1The quantity of wool clipped from a sheep or flock: a local agent will arrange for the clip to be sold at auction selection favoured a heavy wool clipMore example sentences
- The firm handles both sheep and cattle, at one time he had over 120,000 sheep and a clip of 80,000 pounds of wood was taken annually.
- More than 50 percent of the national clip will pass through their hands.
- Trevor says he's encouraging growers to sell parts of their clip rather than all of it as there's predictions the market will improve as demand grows.
- 2A short sequence taken from a film or broadcast: clips from earlier shows a film clipMore example sentences
- A number of short film clips, featurettes and a documentary are located on Disc Two.
- The work creates a montage from hundreds of short clips from well-known Hollywood films.
- The only other extras of note here are a pair of Movietone Newsreels, which show clips from the film's New York and World Premieres.
- 3British • informal A smart or glancing blow: I’d give him a clip round the earMore example sentences
- When I was at school in the 1940s I myself played up many a teacher but I knew how far to go before I got a clip round the ear.
- They keep me grounded, and if I ever get a bit big headed, I'm not too big for a clip round the ear!
- Once there was a golden era when all crime was prevented by a clip round the ear from a stern but avuncular local policeman.
- 4 [in singular] • informal A specified speed or rate of movement, especially when rapid: we crossed the dance floor at an amazingly fast clipMore example sentences
- With more companies now looking to hire, workers are seeing their pay rise at a rapid clip.
- Moreover, the backlog of unfilled orders, after shrinking for three years, is growing again at a rapid clip.
- We've left behind the smaller highway and merged onto an Interstate, the miles sliding by now at a rapid clip.
at a clip
- US • informal At a time; all at once: I spent several days with him, eight hours at a clipMore example sentences
- Because my family and I can only go for about six hours at a clip before engaging in some massive argument, it didn't seem worth the $300 for me to fly home.
- Training sessions were to be long, very long, 6-8 hours at a clip sometimes, but I felt very fortunate to be allowed such access.
- I saw her twice a year, two weeks at a clip but now she can see me always.
clip the wings of
- Trim the feathers of (a bird) so as to disable it from flight.More example sentences
- Further charges under the Summary Offences Act are also expected to be laid for ill-treatment of animals, importing animals without written permission from the chief game warden and clipping the wings of the protected birds.
- The owner had forgotten to clip the wings of the bird.
- His first day, he had to clip the wings of a flock of geese.
- Prevent (someone) from acting freely; check the aspirations of: he finally clipped the wings of his high-flying chief of staffMore example sentences
- No-hopers Kerry turned the league form on its head at Hollymount on Saturday by clipping the wings of league hopefuls Mayo.
- Many people see this as clipping the wings of the student movement in British Columbia, or even as a form of dividing and conquering students.
- But the move to allow the removal of sensitive data on ‘national security’ grounds, and possibly clip the wings of scientists in future, was made at a meeting of the National Academy of Sciences in the US earlier this year.
Middle English: from Old Norse klippa, probably imitative.