verb (snips, snipping, snipped)[with object]
- Cut (something) with scissors or shears, typically with small quick strokes: she snipped layers into the hair around her face [no object]: she inspected the embroidery, snipping at loose threadsMore example sentences
- The dress is really rough but I have been chopping and snipping it all day.
- She pulled the scissors from her dress pocket and snipped her hair off.
- Beth nodded, and unceremoniously snipped the loose ends with a pair of kitchen shears.
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- 1An act of cutting something with small quick strokes: he took a snip at a dandelion on the grassMore example sentences
- The tips should be sharp enough to trim closely with a single snip.
- The blades came to the end of their path with a sharp snip; one hand caught the strip before it could fall and laid it down carefully among a neat pile of equally-curled strips.
- After a few snips here and there, Tara looked into the mirror, and her face lit up.
- 1.1A small piece of something that has been cut off: the collage consists of snips of wallpaper
- 1.2 (the snip) British • informal A vasectomy: about 6,000 men get the snip every year, and numbers are increasingMore example sentences
- What are people's thoughts about getting the snip to prevent pregnancy either for men or women?
- But remarriages now account for nearly 40% of weddings, and the decision to have the 'snip' can come to be bitterly regretted.
- Scientists have developed a new vasectomy technique which cuts the surgeon's scalpel out of "the snip" and replaces it with short blasts of high-frequency ultrasound, a science magazine said recently.
- 3 (snips) Hand shears, especially for cutting metal: use tin snipsMore example sentences
- They had tried everything: pliers, tin snips, saws, even a blow torch.
- Rolled Vinyl with Aluminum channel backing requires a hammer, nails, metal snips and a tape measure.
- The material is held down with standard roofing nails, and can be cut with snips or a utility knife.
- 4 [in singular] British • informal A surprisingly cheap item; a bargain: the wine is a snip at £2.65More example sentences
- See for yourselves and get a 30 per cent discount on this title into the bargain - a snip at just £13.29.
- At 15.99, it's a snip for the Christmas stocking.
- Where they triumph is in their cheerfully cheap black nylon and leather combination - something of a snip at £15.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'a shred'): from Low German snip 'small piece', of imitative origin.