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clip

noun uk   /klɪp/ us  

clip noun (FASTENER)

[C] a small object usually made of metal or plastic, used for fastening things together or holding them in position: a paper/hair/tie clip The wires were fastened together with a plastic clip.

clip noun (FILM)

[C] a short part of a film or television programme: I've seen a clip from the film.

clip noun (SPEED)

at a fast/good clip US informal fast: We set off at a good clip, but we gradually slowed down.

clip noun (GUN PART)

[C] a container that is fastened to a gun, from which bullets go into the gun to be fired

clip noun (CUT)

[S] the act of cutting something in order to make it tidy: That hedge needs a clip.

clip noun (HIT)

a clip round/on the ear [C usually singular] UK old-fashioned a quick hit on the side of someone's head: You do that once more and you'll get a clip round the ear, my lad.

clip

verb uk   /klɪp/ (-pp-) us  

clip verb (CUT)

[T] to cut something with scissors or a similar sharp tool, especially to make it tidier: I'm going to clip the hedge this weekend. When the guard came to clip my train ticket (= make a hole in it to show that it had been used), I couldn't find it. I'm always clipping recipes out of magazines. [T] to reduce something by the stated amount: Christie has clipped a tenth of a second off the record.

clip verb (HIT)

[T] to hit something or someone with a short sharp movement: He clipped the edge of the kerb with his front tyre.

clip verb (FASTEN)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to fasten something with a clip: You can always tell a real bow tie from one that clips on. When you've finished your worksheets, clip them together and hand them in to me.
(Definition of clip from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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