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"clip" in British English

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clipnoun

uk   /klɪp/ us   /klɪp/
  • 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.

clipverb

uk   /klɪp/ us   /klɪp/ -pp-
  • 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.
(Definition of clip from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clip" in American English

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clipnoun

us   /klɪp/
  • clip noun (FASTENER)

[C] a usually metal or plastic object used for fastening things together or holding them in position: Her long hair was held back with a hair clip.
  • clip noun (SPEED)

[U] infml a rate of speed: I drove home at a good clip.
  • clip noun (GUN PART)

[C] a container holding bullets and that is put into a gun
  • clip noun (CUT)

[C] a small piece of something
[C] A clip is a short part of a film or video shown alone: a news clip

clipverb

us   /klɪp/ -pp-
  • clip verb (CUT)

[T] to cut a piece from something larger or whole: She clipped the coupons out of the newspaper. He had his beard clipped.
  • clip verb (FASTEN)

[always + adv/prep] to fasten with a clip: [T] He had a beeper clipped to his belt.
(Definition of clip from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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