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slip

verb  /slɪp/ (-pp-) us  

slip verb (SLIDE)

[I] to slide suddenly and without intending to: He slipped on an icy sidewalk and broke his hip. The blanket began to slip off my shoulders.

slip verb (MOVE EASILY)

[I/T] to move easily and quietly so you are not noticed, or to move something easily into position: [I always + adv/prep] He was able to slip out of the room without disturbing anyone. [T always + adv/prep] Ben slipped the credit card into the machine. [I always + adv/prep] fig. While I napped in my chair, the hours slipped by. [I/T] If you slip something to someone, you give it to that person without attracting attention: [T always + adv/prep] I slipped some money to the maitre d’ to get a table. [T always + adv/prep] She slipped her hand into his.

slip verb (GET WORSE)

[I] to change to a worse state or condition: We’ve slipped even further behind schedule. After slipping into a coma, he never woke up.

slip verb (ESCAPE)

[I/T] to get away from or get free from something: [T] The dog slipped its leash and ran off. [I always + adv/prep] The ball slipped through my fingers.

slip

noun [C]  /slɪp/ us  

slip noun [C] (PIECE OF PAPER)

a small piece of paper: You get a slip from the cash machine when you take out money.

slip noun [C] (MISTAKE)

a mistake that someone makes when not being careful: She has made some slips lately that show she’s thinking about other things.

slip noun [C] (UNDERWEAR)

women’s underwear that is shaped like a skirt or a dress
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