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nip

verb uk   us   /nɪp/ (-pp-)

nip verb (GO QUICKLY)

[I usually + adv/prep] UK informal to go somewhere quickly or be somewhere for only a short time: Can you nip out/round/down to the shop for me? Shall we nip in to the café for a bite to eat?

nip verb (PRESS QUICKLY)

[I or T] to press something quickly and quite hard between two objects, especially sharp objects such as teeth or nails: Josie's hamster nipped me.

nip

noun uk   us   /nɪp/

nip noun (COLD)

a nip (in the air) informal If there is a nip in the air, the air outside is quite cold: You can tell winter's on its way - there's a real nip in the air in the mornings.

nip noun (QUICK BITE/PRESS)

an occasion when something nips a person or thing: The dog gave me a nip when we were playing.

nip noun (DRINK)

[C] UK informal a small amount of strong alcoholic drink: a nip of gin/brandy
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