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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 (VIDEO)

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

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. UK The guard came to clip my train ticket (= make a hole in it to show that it had been used). 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.
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