verb (snips, snipping, snipped)[with object]
- Cut (something) with scissors or shears, typically with small quick strokes: she was snipping a few dead heads off the roses [no object]: she inspected the embroidery, snipping at loose threadsMore example sentences
- The dress is really rough but I have been chopping and snipping it all day.
- She pulled the scissors from her dress pocket and snipped her hair off.
- Beth nodded, and unceremoniously snipped the loose ends with a pair of kitchen shears.
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- 1An act of snipping something: he took a snip at a dandelion on the grassMore example sentences
- The tips should be sharp enough to trim closely with a single snip.
- The blades came to the end of their path with a sharp snip; one hand caught the strip before it could fall and laid it down carefully among a neat pile of equally-curled strips.
- After a few snips here and there, Tara looked into the mirror, and her face lit up.
- 1.1A small piece of something that has been snipped off: the collage consists of snips of wallpaperMore example sentences
- They don't just only look hugely attractive; they will also deliver snips of foliage to enliven your cooking all summer.
- 1.2 (the snip) British • informal A vasectomy: about 6,000 men get the snip every year, and numbers are increasingMore example sentences
- What are people's thoughts about getting the snip to prevent pregnancy either for men or women?
- But remarriages now account for nearly 40% of weddings, and the decision to have the 'snip' can come to be bitterly regretted.
- Scientists have developed a new vasectomy technique which cuts the surgeon's scalpel out of "the snip" and replaces it with short blasts of high-frequency ultrasound, a science magazine said recently.
- 2A surprisingly cheap item; a bargain: the wine is a snip at £3.65More example sentences
- See for yourselves and get a 30 per cent discount on this title into the bargain - a snip at just £13.29.
- At 15.99, it's a snip for the Christmas stocking.
- Where they triumph is in their cheerfully cheap black nylon and leather combination - something of a snip at £15.
- 2.1 • dated A thing that is easily achieved.More example sentencesSynonymseasy task, easy job, child's play, five-finger exercise, gift, walkover, nothing, sinecure, gravy train• informal doddle, walk in the park, piece of cake, picnic, money for old rope, money for jam, cinch, breeze, sitter, kids' stuff, cushy job/number, doss, cakewalk, pushoverNorth American • informal duck soup, snapAustralian/New Zealand • informal bludge, snackSouth African • informal a piece of old tackieBritish • vulgar slang a piece of piss
- 3 (snips) Shears for cutting metal: tin snipsMore example sentences
- They had tried everything: pliers, tin snips, saws, even a blow torch.
- Rolled Vinyl with Aluminum channel backing requires a hammer, nails, metal snips and a tape measure.
- The material is held down with standard roofing nails, and can be cut with snips or a utility knife.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'a shred'): from Low German snip 'small piece', of imitative origin.