There are 3 definitions of slip in English:

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Pronunciation: /slɪp
 
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verb (slips, slipping, slipped)

[no object]
  • 1Lose one’s footing and slide unintentionally for a short distance: I slipped over on the ice he kept slipping in the mud
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    • While trying to get my foot balanced on one of the mossy boulders that jutted out of the water, I lost my footing and slipped again.
    • Eight-year-old Luke Vardy narrowly escaped with his life after he slipped and lost his footing as he climbed wrought iron fencing in the front garden of his Rotherham home.
    • She desperately searched for good footing, slipping and sliding as she tried to get back up.
    Synonyms
    slide, skid, slither, glide; fall over, fall, lose one's balance, lose/miss one's footing, stumble, tumble, trip
  • 1.1 [with adverbial of direction] (Of an object) accidentally slide or move out of position or from someone’s grasp: the envelope slipped through Luke’s fingers a wisp of hair had slipped down over her face
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    • She poured the water and turned to put it back in the fridge but as she opened the door the jug slipped from her grasp and shattered on the floor with a loud smash.
    • We passed the trident, crossed over the hill and tumbled down a moraine the far side, our feet slipping on the loose rock.
    • Her heel slipped on some mud and she lost her balance, swearing as an arm wrapped around her waist, preventing her from hitting the ground.
    Synonyms
    fall, drop, slide
  • 1.2Fail to grip or make proper contact with a surface: the front wheels began to slip (as adjective slipping) a badly slipping clutch
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    • Sometimes, however, the gears slip, the programming fails, and the logic circuits burn out.
    • My tennis shoes slipped over the slippery surface of the rock.
    • We slogged across the pasture, truck tires slipping and sliding in the mud, and wound up walking the last hundred yards or so.
  • 4 [with object] Escape or get loose from (a means of restraint): the giant balloon slipped its moorings
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    • Suddenly my wife exclaimed ‘Sorry, I have to go, he's slipped his collar’.
  • 4.1(Of a thought or fact) fail to be remembered by (one’s mind or memory); elude (one’s notice): a beautiful woman’s address was never likely to slip his mind
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    • All other thoughts slipped her mind, and she sat down again, squeezing his hand.
    • I haven't been writing too long, so details do slip my mind, whether you choose to believe it or not.
    • She acted as though she were trying to recall a fact that has completely slipped her mind.
  • 4.2Release (an animal, typically a hunting dog) from restraint: they slipped the hounds, the hare racing for the side of the hill
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    • They are in the leash, but in a moment they will be slipped.
    • When game was sighted, the huntsman slipped the dogs.
  • 4.3 Knitting Move (a stitch) to the other needle without knitting it: slip the next twelve stitches on to a stitch holder
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    • To execute this decrease, slip the first stitch as if to knit, slip the second stitch as if to knit, then slide the left-hand needle into the front part of both stitches and knit them together.
    • Mosaic knitting simply involves slipping the stitches in a row that should be the "other" color.
    • The technique of two-color slip-stitch knitting is really quite simple: If you can knit simple stripes and slip a stitch, you have all the skills you need.
  • 4.4Release (the clutch of a motor vehicle) slightly or for a moment: I gunned the engine, slipping the clutch slightly
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    • First was too snatchy, second meant constant clutch slipping, resulting in wrist-ache after a few days, and the weather, which was unseasonably atrocious.
    • For those drivers who slip the clutch frequently, yours will wear out quicker than a driver that does not slip the clutch.
    • Try not to slip the clutch when shifting or driving.
  • 4.5Disengage (a ship’s anchor) when leaving a port in haste: they slipped their cables rather than stay to weigh anchor
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    • As I watched the soul depart, it was like seeing a mighty ship slip anchor from port, and the final awesome moment as when the gangplank is removed.
    • Sorry but I'm unable to visit your blogs, we are slipping anchor and pulling out of harbour to run from an oncoming typhoon.
  • 4.6(Of an animal) produce (dead young) prematurely; abort: if you twist a mare’s back too sharply it can slip foal
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    • They also must document why a mare slipped a foal to collect on insurance claims and to secure unborn foal insurance for future pregnancies.
    • If a mare has "slipped" a foal in a previous pregnancy, double care should be taken, as she will be far more likely to do so again than another which has hitherto escaped the accident.

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  • 1An act of sliding unintentionally for a short distance: a single slip could send them plummeting down the mountainside
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    • Many falls result from trips and slips when the impaired balance of an elderly person prevents swift corrective action.
    • Shaun began the event cautiously knowing that one slip on the loose surface could lose him the event.
    • The point we make is this, that that can happen in the situation where the man in the position of Preston was indeed going in for a robbery, but because of some sudden movement or a fall or a slip the gun goes off.
    Synonyms
    false step, misstep, slide, skid, fall, trip, tumble
  • 1.1 [mass noun] Relative movement of an object or surface and a solid surface in contact with it.
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    • A rubber pad was also added to prevent scratching and slip when in contact with the Rendiathon.
    • Four-channel ABS from Bosch combined with electronic traction control regulate wheel slip in both braking and acceleration on low grip surfaces.
    • Effectively the car learns the road surface and tailors the level of slip at the rear to deal with the next patch of tarmac, depending on the bravery level with the Manettino switch on the wheel.
  • 1.2A reduction in the movement of a pulley or other mechanism due to slipping of the belt, rope, etc..
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    • The Haldex unit is comprised of an hydraulic pump driven by the slip between the axles, a wet clutch and a controllable throttle valve and electronics.
  • 1.3A sideways movement of an aircraft in flight, typically downwards towards the centre of curvature of a turn: the slip is used to get rid of excess height [mass noun]: the effects of slight slip on turns
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    • If there's still runway ahead and you're low enough to reach it, slam the airplane into a slip and get it back down on the pavement.
    • Also, due to the static port's position, many airspeed indicators are inaccurate during a slip.
    • Gusty winds can pick you up or drop you down, so stay a little high, knowing slips or flaps can get you down more safely.
  • 1.4 [mass noun] Geology The extent of relative horizontal displacement of corresponding points on either side of a fault plane: [as modifier]: a slip plane
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    • The thrust zone displays significant brecciation although no slip planes were located.
    • The collision was accompanied by left-lateral strike slip and terrane displacement.
    • Shortening is manifested by the development of folds and thrust faults; the horizontal slip is accommodated by strike-slip faults.
  • 3A loose-fitting garment, typically a short petticoat: a silk slip [as modifier]: a slip dress
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    • She said women can't go wrong wearing a slip dress and strappy shoes to a club.
    • She suggests trying one color scheme when purchasing outfits, such as a slip dress with a jacket, skirt, and pants.
    • This mix of lace, silk and cotton by Pazuki at Sola is perfect for layering over a slip dress or wearing on its own.
    Synonyms
  • 4 Cricket A fielding position (often one of two or more in an arc) close behind the batsman on the off side, for catching balls edged by the batsman: he was caught in the slips for 32 King is at first slip
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    • It is crucial that they field well and hold all the catches, especially in the slips because the ball is bound to find the edges in the bowler-friendly conditions.
    • Earlier, star batsman Mark Waugh passed a fitness test on an injured left hand but abandoned his usual place in the slips and fielded in the deep.
    • Prasad's bat seemed to be very narrow in width as he continuously edged the ball in between the slips for boundaries scoring most of his 24 runs behind the wickets.
  • 4.1A fielder at slip.
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    • After 35 minutes there were still four slips and two gullies with Darren Lehmann out in familiar territory at mid on and Bichel at mid off, the only men in front of the wicket.
    • Darren Lehmann walked out to three slips and a bouncer, and stepped off following a pull similar to Hayden's.
    • Sarwan settled quickly and seemed in a hurry to score runs as he flashed a cut through the slips for four.
  • 5 short for slipway. he brought his steamer to the yard for overhaul at his old employer’s slip
  • 6 (usually slips) A leash which enables a dog to be released quickly: Tommy bolted off like a greyhound released from the slips
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    • This handy slip leash adjusts to any size dog.
    • The slips are constructed of extremely durable nylon webbing and use large metal D rings at the sides of the neck to release the dog quickly.
  • 7 Knitting short for slip stitch. one colour at a time should be knitted in striped slip

Phrases

give someone the slip

informal Evade or escape from someone: we gave them the slip at the station
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  • Then he casually suggested going for lunch in a nearby pub while they waited for banking papers to come through, before giving Mr Campbell the slip as he went outside to answer his mobile phone.
  • Well, my hitherto unknown skills at lock picking soon gave them the slip and I was free to start wandering around this fabulous city by myself, idly listening to conversations and shoplifting croissants.
  • Officers from the central intelligence unit kept him under watch for 24 hours a day but, on the morning that he fled to the Netherlands, he gave them the slip.
Synonyms
escape from, get away from, evade, dodge, elude, lose, shake off, throw off, throw off the scent, get clear of, get rid of, get free from, break away from, leave behind
informal ditch
British informal get shot of
archaic bilk

let something slip

  • 1Reveal something inadvertently in the course of a conversation: [with clause]: Clive had let slip he was married
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    • In writing of the Jewish mystic Simone Weil, she inadvertently let the truth slip out, ‘An idea which is a distortion may have a greater intellectual thrust than the truth.’
    • But it would have been easy to let it slip inadvertently.
    • If you tell people they can get free stuff by dialing into a top-secret Web site, they're bound to let that information slip into a conversation with friends.
    Synonyms
    reveal, disclose, divulge, let out, give away, come out with, blurt out, leak; give the game away
    informal let on, blab, let the cat out of the bag, spill the beans
    British informal blow the gaff
    archaic discover
  • 2 archaic Release a hound from the leash so as to begin the chase: let slip the dogs of war
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    • At this time we could not move or lift our heads for fear of being seen, but had to wait till the deer had passed the rocks amongst which we were concealed, that we might let slip the hounds at a distance of about thirty or forty yards.
    • As soon as the huntsman finds a gin uprooted he will let slip his hounds and with cheery encouragement follow along the wake of the wooden clog, with a keen eye to the direction of its march.

let something slip through one's fingers (or grasp)

Lose hold or possession of something: I let the money slip through my fingers figurative Edward was determined not to let Scotland slip from his grasp he had let the Open title slip through his grasp
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  • In some games we've let ourselves down and let points slip through our fingers.
  • The Clifton Parkers, who entertain Westoe tomorrow, have let several victories slip through their fingers in recent weeks because of lack of fitness.
  • We let that opportunity slip through our fingers, as we entrusted narrow-minded politicians to discuss the idea.

slip of the pen (or the tongue)

A minor mistake in writing (or speech).
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  • Minor slips of the tongue merely reminded me of the live nature of the performance.
  • A slip of the tongue, or some random twitch in an otherwise foolproof plan, blows his cover.
  • Those minor slips of the tongue are quite embarrassing.

slip through the net

see net1.

there's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip

proverb Many things can go wrong between the start of a project and its completion; nothing is certain until it has happened.
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  • But there's many a slip twixt cup and lip as one goes from generalities to specifics.
  • Of course many things can go wrong, there's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip, but that's not the point I'm making.
  • But there's many a slip twixt cup and lip, especially in the gold mining business.

Phrasal verbs

slip away

slip something in

Insert a remark smoothly or adroitly into a conversation: she slipped in a question about the length of time he’d been working on the assignment
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  • Just slip an invitation in to the conversation like that.
  • The way she says them aren't really like accusations, but more like… casual questions, as if she's slipping them in like it's just a part of every day conversation when we both know that this is really serious stuff.
  • And then, they slipped the question in, subtly, under my defenses.

slip out

(Of a remark) be uttered inadvertently: the question slipped out before I’d considered the wisdom of it
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  • I clenched my teeth together to prevent any spontaneous remark from slipping out.
  • The remark had slipped out before she could stop it, but she didn't bother taking it back.
  • Sometimes, I guess, when I dress it up in sarcasm and with a wide grin like I'm playing about, something almost truthful slips out, but no one ever takes it at face value.

slip up

informal Make a careless error: they often slipped up when it came to spelling
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  • As these volumes demonstrate, scholars take endless pleasure in drawing attention to the great man's shortcomings, as it is in the moments when he slips up that Holmes becomes almost human.
  • She only feels ill when she slips up and eats dairy products.
  • It is said in Washington that a gaffe is when someone slips up and tells the truth.
Synonyms
make a mistake, blunder, make a blunder, get something wrong, miscalculate, make an error, trip up, err, go wrong
informal make a bloomer, make a boo-boo, screw up, make a howler, muff something up
British informal boob, cock something up, drop a clanger
North American informal goof up

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'move quickly and softly'): probably from Middle Low German slippen (verb); compare with slippery.

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There are 3 definitions of slip in English:

slip2

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Pronunciation: /slɪp
 
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noun

  • 1A small piece of paper, typically a form for writing on or one giving printed information: his monthly salary slip complete the tear-off slip below
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    • He pulled the small slip of paper out of his pocket and copied the information to the computer screen.
    • It is hereby agreed claims can be collected on certified copy slips and/or copy policies.
    • You'll get a reply slip with the Statement of Decisions letter.
    Synonyms
    piece of paper, scrap of paper, paper, sheet, note; chit, coupon, voucher
    informal stickie
    trademark Post-it (note)
  • 1.1 Printing A printer’s proof on a long piece of paper; a galley proof.
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    • It is quite natural in that context to incorporate the disputes clause as well, but in order to do that it would either have to be set out in full in the body of the slip or identified in some other way.
    • The most usual plan is to set up the type in long slips the width of the intended page cut of variable length (called 'galley slips,' after the special press on which they are generally printed), each slip containing matter enough for two or three pages.
    • These proof slips are read before they are sent to the author, and all gross errors corrected, doubtful words marked, and the author's attention called by the printer's ' reader ' to any redundancies of expression or any sentences which are not apparently intelligible.
  • 1.2A long, narrow strip of a thin material such as wood.
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    • Slice out thin slips of tape from both the top and bottom of all tapes (this provides a key for the Araldite glue) then mix the glue and place a thin layer over the tapes.
    • Floor-to-ceiling expanses of glass are screened by thin slips of white curtain.
    • The panels' frames, of ebonised wood with a gilt slip, are mid-nineteenth-century additions.

Phrases

a slip of a ——

Used to denote a small, slim person: you are little more than a slip of a girl
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  • You slighted me as if I were but a mere slip of a child you could send to her room!
  • It was far too much horse for a slip of a girl, and yet as she gathered up the reins and nudged the animal forward, she seemed effortlessly in control.
  • A slip of a boy, he was short, and at age 12, just 63 pounds.
Synonyms
small, slender, slim, slight, slightly built, petite, little, tiny, diminutive, elfin, dainty, delicate, frail; Scottish wee
informal pint-sized

Origin

late Middle English: probably from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German slippe 'cut, strip'.

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There are 3 definitions of slip in English:

slip3

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Pronunciation: /slɪp
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A creamy mixture of clay, water, and typically a pigment of some kind, used especially for decorating earthenware.
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    • It could also be decorated by painting with a slip (a creamy mixture of fine clay and water) of a different colour to the body.
    • I experimented with reducing leftover dried clay scraps to the consistency of slip and strained the mixture to remove lumps.
    • Explaining her actions for viewers, she applies white slip and colored underglazes for decorations.

Origin

mid 17th century: of obscure origin; compare with Norwegian slip(a) 'slime'.

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