Meaning of “clip” in the English Dictionary

"clip" in British English

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uk /klɪp/ us /klɪp/

clip noun (SPEED)

at a fast/good clip US informal


We set off at a good clip, but we gradually slowed down.

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.


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.

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.


(Definition of “clip” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clip" in American English

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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


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)