- 1.1South African The stone of soft fruits such as peaches and plums.More example sentences
- Another item that caught my eye concerned a pupil at the first DLS school in King William's Town, Joe Mullen, who swallowed a plum pip in 1905 which stuck in his windpipe.
squeeze someone until the pips squeak
- British • informal Extract the maximum amount of money from someone.More example sentences
- The owners of some 660 horses face a frustrating and expensive new year because Horse Racing Ireland is going to squeeze them until the pips squeak.
- So he and his coalition partners found that when they said, ‘We'll make the Hun pay ’, and the famous phrase, ‘We'll squeeze them until the pips squeak,’ that went over a lot better.
- And at the same time it would create a nice comfortable monopoly on waste disposal all the better for jacking up fees and squeezing rate payers till the pips squeak.
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- They are preparing to sell pipless clementines.
- Biologists developing the pipless fruit, in Australia and Japan, have identified a particular gene that causes plants to destroy the seeds in their own fruit.
late 18th century: abbreviation of pippin.
- 1British A star (one to three 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.
- 2Any of the spots on a playing card, dice, or domino.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.
- 3An 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.
late 16th century (originally peep, denoting each of the dots on playing cards, dice, and dominoes): of unknown origin.
noun(usually the pips) British
- A short high-pitched sound used especially to indicate the time on the radio or to instruct a caller using a public telephone to insert more money.More example sentences
- When logging off, the device will emit three short pip sounds to indicate testing has finished.
- We made do with the pips on digital Radio 2, and the engaged burr of mobiles as the servers overflowed.
- He heard the pips of a radio time-signal as he neared the kitchen.
early 20th century: imitative.
- 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: that sort of talk gave Jimmy the pipMore 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 humour.
verb (pips, pipping, pipped)[with object]
- (Of a young bird) crack (the shell of the egg) when hatching: as the eggs are being pipped the female clucksMore 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] British • informal
- 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.
pip someone at (or to) the post
- Defeat someone at the last moment: I was pipped at the post in the men’s finalsMore example sentences
- Nevertheless, she is disappointed that Matthew was pipped at the post by Nathan, who, she says, was later revealed to be an experienced model.
- Having beaten off a number of other councils to reach the final, Burnley was pipped at the post for first prize by South Lanarkshire.
- But Sam Allardyce revealed today that Hoddle was pipped at the post when he could have won the race by a distance.