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Pronunciation: /pɪp
 
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noun

1A small hard seed in a fruit.
Example sentences
  • Place the fruit, rind and pips in a large bowl and cover with cold water.
  • That explains why all the fruit has nasty pips in it.
  • Some foods, especially fruit skins and pips can swell in the gut causing blockages.
Synonyms
1.1South African The stone of soft fruits such as peaches and plums.
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.

Origin

late 18th century: abbreviation of pippin.

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  • The name for the small hard seed in a fruit is a shortening of pippin, an apple grown from seed. English adopted the word from French, but its ultimate origin is unknown. The British politician Sir Eric Geddes was the first to use the expression squeeze until the pips squeak, ‘to extract the maximum amount of money from’, in a 1918 speech about the compensation to be paid by Germany after the First World War: ‘The Germans…are going to pay every penny; they are going to be squeezed as a lemon is squeezed…until the pips squeak.’ Another pip is an unpleasant disease of chickens and other birds which is documented as far back as medieval times. From the late 15th century various human diseases and ailments also came to be called the pip, though the precise symptoms are rarely specified: today's equivalent would probably be the dreaded lurgy ( see lurgy). Whatever the nature of the disease, the sufferer would probably be in a foul mood, hence the pip became ‘bad temper’ and to give someone the pip was to irritate or depress them. The name came from medieval Dutch pippe, which was probably based on Latin pituita ‘slime, phlegm’, found also in pituitary gland (early 17th century).

Phrases

squeeze someone until the pips squeak

1
British informal Extract the maximum amount of money from someone.
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.

Derivatives

pipless

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with pip

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

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noun

1British A star (one to three according to rank) on the shoulder of an army officer’s uniform.
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.
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.
Example sentences
  • In the HEADING-UPWARD display, the target pips are painted at their measured distances in direction relative to own ship's heading.

Origin

late 16th century (originally peep, denoting each of the dots on playing cards, dice, and dominoes): of unknown origin.

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  • The name for the small hard seed in a fruit is a shortening of pippin, an apple grown from seed. English adopted the word from French, but its ultimate origin is unknown. The British politician Sir Eric Geddes was the first to use the expression squeeze until the pips squeak, ‘to extract the maximum amount of money from’, in a 1918 speech about the compensation to be paid by Germany after the First World War: ‘The Germans…are going to pay every penny; they are going to be squeezed as a lemon is squeezed…until the pips squeak.’ Another pip is an unpleasant disease of chickens and other birds which is documented as far back as medieval times. From the late 15th century various human diseases and ailments also came to be called the pip, though the precise symptoms are rarely specified: today's equivalent would probably be the dreaded lurgy ( see lurgy). Whatever the nature of the disease, the sufferer would probably be in a foul mood, hence the pip became ‘bad temper’ and to give someone the pip was to irritate or depress them. The name came from medieval Dutch pippe, which was probably based on Latin pituita ‘slime, phlegm’, found also in pituitary gland (early 17th century).

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Pronunciation: /pɪp
 
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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.
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.

Origin

early 20th century: imitative.

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  • The name for the small hard seed in a fruit is a shortening of pippin, an apple grown from seed. English adopted the word from French, but its ultimate origin is unknown. The British politician Sir Eric Geddes was the first to use the expression squeeze until the pips squeak, ‘to extract the maximum amount of money from’, in a 1918 speech about the compensation to be paid by Germany after the First World War: ‘The Germans…are going to pay every penny; they are going to be squeezed as a lemon is squeezed…until the pips squeak.’ Another pip is an unpleasant disease of chickens and other birds which is documented as far back as medieval times. From the late 15th century various human diseases and ailments also came to be called the pip, though the precise symptoms are rarely specified: today's equivalent would probably be the dreaded lurgy ( see lurgy). Whatever the nature of the disease, the sufferer would probably be in a foul mood, hence the pip became ‘bad temper’ and to give someone the pip was to irritate or depress them. The name came from medieval Dutch pippe, which was probably based on Latin pituita ‘slime, phlegm’, found also in pituitary gland (early 17th century).

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noun

[mass noun]
A disease of poultry or other birds causing thick mucus in the throat and white scale on the tongue.
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.

Origin

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.

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  • The name for the small hard seed in a fruit is a shortening of pippin, an apple grown from seed. English adopted the word from French, but its ultimate origin is unknown. The British politician Sir Eric Geddes was the first to use the expression squeeze until the pips squeak, ‘to extract the maximum amount of money from’, in a 1918 speech about the compensation to be paid by Germany after the First World War: ‘The Germans…are going to pay every penny; they are going to be squeezed as a lemon is squeezed…until the pips squeak.’ Another pip is an unpleasant disease of chickens and other birds which is documented as far back as medieval times. From the late 15th century various human diseases and ailments also came to be called the pip, though the precise symptoms are rarely specified: today's equivalent would probably be the dreaded lurgy ( see lurgy). Whatever the nature of the disease, the sufferer would probably be in a foul mood, hence the pip became ‘bad temper’ and to give someone the pip was to irritate or depress them. The name came from medieval Dutch pippe, which was probably based on Latin pituita ‘slime, phlegm’, found also in pituitary gland (early 17th century).

Phrases

give someone the pip

1
informal , dated Make someone angry or depressed: that sort of talk gave Jimmy the pip
More 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.

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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 clucks
More 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

Origin

late 19th century: perhaps of imitative origin.

More
  • The name for the small hard seed in a fruit is a shortening of pippin, an apple grown from seed. English adopted the word from French, but its ultimate origin is unknown. The British politician Sir Eric Geddes was the first to use the expression squeeze until the pips squeak, ‘to extract the maximum amount of money from’, in a 1918 speech about the compensation to be paid by Germany after the First World War: ‘The Germans…are going to pay every penny; they are going to be squeezed as a lemon is squeezed…until the pips squeak.’ Another pip is an unpleasant disease of chickens and other birds which is documented as far back as medieval times. From the late 15th century various human diseases and ailments also came to be called the pip, though the precise symptoms are rarely specified: today's equivalent would probably be the dreaded lurgy ( see lurgy). Whatever the nature of the disease, the sufferer would probably be in a foul mood, hence the pip became ‘bad temper’ and to give someone the pip was to irritate or depress them. The name came from medieval Dutch pippe, which was probably based on Latin pituita ‘slime, phlegm’, found also in pituitary gland (early 17th century).

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verb (pips, pipping, pipped)

[with object] British informal
1Defeat by a small margin or at the last moment: you were just pipped for the prize
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  • 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.
1.1 dated Hit or wound (someone) with a gun: he pipped one of our fellows through the head yesterday

Origin

late 19th century: from pip1 or pip2.

More
  • The name for the small hard seed in a fruit is a shortening of pippin, an apple grown from seed. English adopted the word from French, but its ultimate origin is unknown. The British politician Sir Eric Geddes was the first to use the expression squeeze until the pips squeak, ‘to extract the maximum amount of money from’, in a 1918 speech about the compensation to be paid by Germany after the First World War: ‘The Germans…are going to pay every penny; they are going to be squeezed as a lemon is squeezed…until the pips squeak.’ Another pip is an unpleasant disease of chickens and other birds which is documented as far back as medieval times. From the late 15th century various human diseases and ailments also came to be called the pip, though the precise symptoms are rarely specified: today's equivalent would probably be the dreaded lurgy ( see lurgy). Whatever the nature of the disease, the sufferer would probably be in a foul mood, hence the pip became ‘bad temper’ and to give someone the pip was to irritate or depress them. The name came from medieval Dutch pippe, which was probably based on Latin pituita ‘slime, phlegm’, found also in pituitary gland (early 17th century).

Phrases

pip someone at (or to) the post

1
Defeat someone at the last moment: I was pipped at the post in the men’s finals
More 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.

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