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zip

noun uk   /zɪp/ us  

zip noun (FASTENER)

B2 [C] UK (US zipper) a fastener consisting of two rows of metal or plastic teeth-like parts that are brought together by pulling a small sliding piece over them, used for closing openings in clothing, bags, etc.: to do up/undo a zip I can't open my bag - the zip has stuck.

zip noun (SPEED)

[U] informal energy or speed: The new engine has given the car a lot more zip.

zip noun (NOTHING)

[U] US informal nothing: I know zip about computers. The Dolphins are leading the Giants fourteen to zip (= by fourteen points to nothing).

zip

verb uk   /zɪp/ (-pp-) us  

zip verb (FASTEN)

[I or T] to fasten something with a zip: This bag's too full, I can't zip it shut. This dress zips (up) at the back. Zip your coat up, it's cold outside.

zip verb (GO QUICKLY)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] informal to move or go somewhere very quickly: I'm just going to zip along to the shops - I won't be long. We were about to cross the road when a car suddenly zipped past.
See also

zip verb (COMPUTING)

[T] to compress (= reduce the size of) a computer file so that it uses less space, and can be more easily sent or stored: If you're desperate for disk space you could zip the file (up) and stick it on a floppy.
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