Definition of fillip in English:

fillip

Line breaks: fil¦lip
Pronunciation: /ˈfɪlɪp
 
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noun

1Something which acts as a stimulus or boost to an activity: the halving of car tax would provide a fillip to sales
More example sentences
  • This is expected to give a fillip to the construction activity, slackened by the increased cost of materials.
  • This will give a fillip to the local labour market and encourage people to consume judiciously.
  • It should be a fillip to all scorers that a scorer has finally received an honour.
Synonyms
stimulus, stimulation, stimulant, boost, encouragement, incitement, incentive, impetus, inducement, motivation; tonic, uplift, lift, reviver, spur, goad, prod, push, prompt, aid, help
informal shot in the arm, pick-me-up
2 archaic A movement made by bending the last joint of the finger against the thumb and suddenly releasing it; a flick of the finger.
2.1A slight smart stroke or tap inflicted with a flick of the finger.

verb (fillips, filliping, filliped)

[with object] archaic Back to top  
1Propel (a small object) with a flick of the fingers.
1.1Strike slightly and smartly: he filliped him over the nose

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'make a fillip with the fingers'): symbolic; compare with flick, flip1.

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