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Pronunciation: /skɪp
 
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verb (skips, skipping, skipped)

1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move along lightly, stepping from one foot to the other with a hop or bounce: she began to skip down the path
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  • I yell at the frisky types skipping along the deep gold sand.
  • He gestured towards a small antelope skipping along parallel to us.
  • Mr Black bounced in, skipping like a four-year-old being taken to a party.
Synonyms
2 [no object] British Jump over a rope which is held at both ends by oneself or two other people and turned repeatedly over the head and under the feet, as a game or for exercise: (as noun skipping) training was centred on running and skipping
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  • Except for the rope skipping, all exercises are the same, so read the form tips in the intermediate workout.
  • Twenty minutes of skipping is hard work, so I like to intersperse skipping with endurance exercises.
  • Other good bone-building exercises are skipping, aerobics and brisk walking.
2.1 [with object] North American Jump over (a rope that is being turned): the younger girls had been skipping rope
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  • One girl executes cool maneuvers on her own; but she is also skipping a large rope held by two pairs of pals, one stacked on the other.
  • She couldn't skip rope because it wasn't ladylike.
  • The people in this school can't skip a rope even if it's lying on the floor.
2.2 [with object] Jump lightly over: the children used to skip the puddles
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  • He skipped past two tackles to race into the area, but was foiled crucially at the last moment by Paddy Martin, the big Kilglass No.4.
  • Of course they must be fit and able to run and skip a tackle but all that stands for nothing if they don't know what to do with ball.
3 [with object] Omit (part of a book that one is reading, or a stage in a sequence that one is following): the video manual allows the viewer to skip sections he’s not interested in
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  • In fact, he nearly skipped the whole book, but for two or three pages at the end.
  • Some of the details presented of Jerry's career are skipped over.
  • I got out my calculator and my math book and skipped over a song on my CD.
Synonyms
omit, leave out, miss out, dispense with, do without, pass over, bypass, skim over, steer clear of, disregard, ignore
3.1 [no object] Move quickly and in an unmethodical way from one point or subject to another: Marian skipped half-heartedly through the book
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  • But even as he skips over subjects and themes, Kureishi has always returned to his own life for inspiration.
  • Today's post could be accused of being without focus and skipping from one subject to the next.
  • Thus, what you get for your hard-earned then is an all too brief account, with highlights that skip too quickly from one sport to the next.
Synonyms
glance at, have a quick look at, flick through, flip through, leaf through, scan, run one's eye over
4 [with object] Fail to attend or deal with as appropriate; miss: I wanted to skip my English lesson to visit my mother try not to skip breakfast
More example sentences
  • Teams of officers are hunting them after they skipped bail and failed to attend court.
  • After all, some of them had to have skipped class to attend the sit-in.
  • But with all of the food you guys provide us here, it's really no big deal to skip a meal or two.
Synonyms
fail to attend, play truant from, miss, absent oneself from, take French leave from;
North American cut
British informal skive off, wag
North American informal play hookey from, goof off
Australian/New Zealand informal play the wag from
4.1 [no object] (skip it) informal Abandon an undertaking, conversation, or activity: after several wrong turns in our journey, we almost decided to skip it
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  • And this just kind of wipes out Congress' intent in law and just skips it.
  • Besides, beating myself up isn't working and it doesn't feel good, so I'm skipping it for now.
  • I've gotten tickets to SonicFest 2005 tonight but I am contemplating skipping it.
4.2 [no object] informal Run away; disappear: I’m not giving them a chance to skip off again
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  • But as soon as he decides to skip off to another country to make a movie, everyone decides that they actually liked Woody Allen all along.
  • So the vacuous Shoreditchers inevitably skip off into the sunset together with that Winkleman terror snapping at their heels.
  • Are the Germans really going to skip off into the dusk, like the Italians did, and leave the Spanish to sweep up all the riches Europe has to offer?
Synonyms
run off, run away, do a disappearing act, make off, take off
informal beat it, clear off, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, fly the coop, do a fade
British informal do a runner, do a bunk, scarper
North American informal light out, cut out, take a powder
Australian informal go through, shoot through
vulgar slang bugger off
4.3 informal Depart quickly and secretly from: she skipped her home amid rumours of a romance
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  • It's not even that I secretly skip the horrid hair washing bath night.
  • Well he did intend to but couldn't think how to so the thought quickly skipped his mind.
  • Once out, he skipped town, missing his court appearance.
5 [with object] Throw (a stone) so that it ricochets off the surface of water: they skipped stones across the creek
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  • Elsa and I greedily drank from the stream while Rowen sat on a bank, and skipped stones across the water.
  • The entire play is like skipping stones across the surface of a story - there's no substance.
  • Vincent commented as he watched Pearl trying to skip rocks on the water.

noun

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1A light, bouncing step; a skipping movement: he moved with a strange, dancing skip
More example sentences
  • It was as if everyone in the world had a skip to their step today, and it was contagious, as good moods often are.
  • Spend time doing things that put a skip in your step, a grin on your face, some glory in your life story.
  • Fall is the season when you come alive, and right now the equinox is putting a frisky skip in your step.
2 Computing An act of passing over part of a sequence of data or instructions.
Example sentences
  • Recording is prone to skips if you use your computer heavily while it's recording.
  • You might expect that a PCI-based tuner would deliver smoother video and recordings with fewer skips than an external device.
  • You will, however, notice some animation jumps and skips based on certain commands.
3North American informal A person who defaults or absconds.

Origin

Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin.

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skip2

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Pronunciation: /skɪp
 
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noun

1British A large transportable open-topped container for building and other refuse: I’ve salvaged a carpet from a skip
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  • The council may be able to assist those involved by providing skips, refuse sacks, gloves and litter pickers.
  • Rubbish littered the site, along with burned-out cars and refuse skips, huge piles of Tarmac and garden rubbish and gas cylinders.
  • The skip containers will be used mainly for garden refuse and rubbish which does not generally fit in the normal green drums.
2A cage or bucket in which men or materials are lowered and raised in mines and quarries.
Example sentences
  • The excavator was sitting at the top of the hole, so it could lower a skip down for the mini digger to fill, when it toppled over.
  • The excavator had been lowering a skip to the bottom of the hole when it tipped over the edge and tumbled down.
  • A skip being lowered from a crane was seen to come close to the group of men laying tiles.
2.1 variant spelling of skep.

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skip3

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Pronunciation: /skɪp
 
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noun

The captain or director of a side at bowls or curling.
Example sentences
  • Desert Rats carried on their hundred percent winning streak by beating the Buriram Stompers captained by their new skip Phil.
  • Teams of four players termed rinks are led by the skip, as in bowls.
  • How often do you see a side holding four or five shots when the opposing skip, with his/her last bowl, draws the shot?

verb (skips, skipping, skipped)

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Act as skip of (a side): they lost to another Stranraer team, skipped by Peter Wilson
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  • Ball's victory in the fours final earlier in the year was also against a side skipped by Lavelle.
  • In a section four game yesterday afternoon former Springbok Judy Armist's St Andrew's team battled it out with the Strand team skipped by L Logan.
  • Today the Scots play the Swiss Olympic team skipped by Luzia Erbrother.

Origin

early 19th century (originally Scots): abbreviation of skipper1.

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