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lip

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Pronunciation: /lɪp
 
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Definition of lip in English:

noun

1Either of the two fleshy parts which form the upper and lower edges of the opening of the mouth: he kissed her on the lips
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  • Traces of the eyes, lips, retractor muscles or other head structures are not discernible.
  • A low ridge crosses the posterior surface of the blade from its medial edge to the dorsal lip of the glenoid cavity.
  • On its face, the upper lip, mandible, and tip of the muzzle are silvery white to yellowish.
1.1 (lips) Used to refer to a person’s speech or to current topics of conversation: downsizing is on everyone’s lips at the moment
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  • Certainly when I worked there, decentralisation was a topic on everyone's lips and not a lot of people wanted to move.
  • Change is the topic on everyone's lips in tourism these days.
  • Still, it was almost comforting to know that it wasn't going to be the topic on everybody's lips.
2The edge of a hollow container or an opening: the lip of the cup
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  • Next, cut a notch in the container and using some dirt, build a ramp from the pond to the lip of the container.
  • Wrap pliable wire around the container below the lip to form a handle for hanging.
  • Press it around the edge or lip of a container, and it forms a spill-proof seal.
2.1A rounded, raised, or extended piece along an edge: the cockpit is protected by a lip extending from the roof
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  • We adjusted the knot so that it rested just above the lip, thus extending our reach downward as far as possible.
  • Slip out through the windows, slowly, very slowly, edging along the lip of the roof.
  • From the mooring buoy you swim along the lip of the bay edge at around 12m until the outline of the bow appears.
3 [mass noun] informal Insolent or impertinent talk: don’t give me any of your lip!
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  • Do what I say, no lip and give me my proper respect.
  • The bloggers certainly weren't going to get much lip from me.
  • I think anyone who has to take lip from 14 or 15-year-old knowalls five days a week deserve that amount of time off.

verb (lips, lipping, lipped)

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1(Of water) lap against: beaches lipped by the surf rimming the Pacific
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  • This was just the start of our great adventure to some of the 1,185 islands that crowd the senses along Croatia's stunning coastline, lipping the crystal waters of the Adriatic Sea.
  • Strolling the soft golden sands lipping the Black Sea, I am cosseted by the thought I am shadowing the footsteps of Russia's finest…
2 Golf (Of the ball) hit the rim of (a hole) but fail to go in: Norman’s putt lipped the hole and spun out
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  • But the ball lipped out of the cup on the 18th hole, meaning the Englishman's six points for his closing round ensured victory.
  • However, he displayed admirable character in bouncing back to par both the 17th and 18th holes, almost pinching a birdie on the last when a ten-footer lipped the hole.
  • Could there have been a putt lipped out that could have made the difference?

Origin

Old English lippa, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lip and German Lippe, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin labia, labra 'lips'.

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  • Old English lippa is from an Indo-European root shared by Latin labia ‘lips’. The word is used in several phrases expressing an attitude or reaction: bite one's lip (Middle English), keep a stiff upper lip (early 19th century), which despite its association with a certain type of Englishman actually comes from the USA, and smack one's lips (early 19th century).

Phrases

curl one's lip

1
Raise a corner of one’s upper lip to show contempt; sneer.
Example sentences
  • With another sneer curling his lip, he disappeared into thin air.
  • The man looked at him through battle-hardened hazel eyes, a sneer curling his lip.
  • He curls his lip contemptuously, and gives me one of his looks.

lick one's lips

2
Look forward to something with relish.
Example sentences
  • In bake houses across the city, chefs are busy whipping up their festive-best offers, even as cake-crazy customers are smacking their lips.
  • The news that he was injured must have had them smacking their lips in anticipation.
  • Growing up in London, where it is ubiquitous, I have long been a fan of the chain, and the news last week that it has finally crossed the border to arrive in Scotland has me smacking my lips in anticipation.

my (or his etc.) lips are sealed

3
see seal1.

pass one's lips

4
Be eaten, drunk, or spoken: not a drop of alcohol had passed her lips
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  • Not a drop of alcohol passed our lips last night which was cool after lapsing on Tuesday night following Debbie's tumble.
  • A drop of alcohol has not passed my lips tonight.
  • The explanation is that I was drunk, though given that I was driving I should add swiftly that not a drop of alcohol had passed my lips.

pay lip service to

5
Express approval of or support for (something) insincerely or without taking any significant action: they pay lip service to equality but they don’t want to do anything about it
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  • Instead of paying lip service to cries for support, more assistance especially provision of facilities should occur for police to tackle crime effectively.
  • While both state and federal governments continue to pay lip service to supporting the public hospital system, they are speeding up the process of privatising health care.
  • I know everyone pays lip service to how much their house means to them when they're leaving, but this place really does have a special place in our hearts.

Derivatives

lipless

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • My sister had the same lipless mouth, in a small face.
  • ‘Airy’ wooden models are the worst, but none can rival the ‘castability’ of lures such as lipless swimming plugs and conventional topwater plugs.
  • Her eyes bulged outward like a toad's, her nose was hideously arched, and her wide, lipless mouth framed a set of enormous, square teeth that were incredibly strong.

lip-like

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • Flange- or lip-like transverse bands are about 1-2 mm in width and are separated by 2-6 mm intervening intervals.
  • Each cupule is recurved, has a lip-like projection near the point of attachment, and contains several ovules arranged in a curved row with their micropyles facing the cupule opening.
  • These herbs are characterized by protruding lip-like petals on the flower.

lipped

3
adjective
[in combination]: her pale-lipped mouth

Words that rhyme with lip

blip, chip, clip, dip, drip, equip, flip, grip, gyp, harelip, hip, kip, nip, outstrip, pip, quip, rip, scrip, ship, sip, skip, slip, snip, strip, tip, toodle-pip, trip, whip, yip, zip

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