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slip

verb uk   /slɪp/ (-pp-) us  

slip verb (SLIDE)

B1 [I] to slide without intending to: She slipped on the ice. Careful you don't slip - there's water on the floor. The razor slipped while he was shaving and he cut himself.Advancing and moving forward C2 [I] to move out of the correct position: Her hat had slipped over one eye. He could feel the rope slipping out of his grasp.

slip verb (DO QUICKLY)

C2 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] to go somewhere or put something somewhere quickly, often so that you are not noticed: Just slip out of the room while nobody's looking. She slipped between the cool cotton sheets and was soon asleep. He slipped a piece of paper into my hand with his address on it. [+ two objects] If you slip the waiter some money/slip some money to the waiter he'll give you the best table.Moving quickly

slip verb (GET WORSE)

[I] to go into a worse state, often because of lack of control or care: Productivity in the factory has slipped quite noticeably in the last year.Deteriorating and making worse

slip verb (ESCAPE)

[T] to get free from, leave, or escape something: The ship slipped its moorings.Running away and escaping

slip verb (VALUE)

[I] to go down in value: The dollar slipped against the Japanese yen.Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong

slip

noun uk   /slɪp/ us  

slip noun (PIECE OF PAPER)

[C] a small piece of paper: a slip of paper If you want to order a book fill in the green slip.Words meaning small pieces and amountsPaper

slip noun (MISTAKE)

[C] a small mistake: She's made one or two slips - mainly spelling errors - but it's basically well written.Faults and mistakes

slip noun (UNDERWEAR)

[C] a piece of underwear for a woman or girl that is like a dress or skirtUnderwear

slip noun (SMALL)

slip of a sth old-fashioned small and thin, usually because of being young: I knew her when she was a slip of a girl.Describing people who are young

slip noun (ESCAPE)

give sb the slip informal to escape from someone who is following or chasing youRunning away and escaping
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