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"nip" in British English

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nipverb

uk   /nɪp/  us   /nɪp/ (-pp-)
  • nip verb (GO QUICKLY)

[I usually + adv/prep] UK informal to go ​somewherequickly or be ​somewhere for only a ​shorttime: 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, ​especiallysharpobjects such as ​teeth or ​nails: Josie's ​hamster nipped me.

nipnoun

uk   /nɪp/  us   /nɪp/

Nipnoun [C]

uk   /nɪp/  us   /nɪp/ old-fashioned offensive
an ​offensive word for a ​Japaneseperson
(Definition of nip from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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nipverb [I/T]

 us   /nɪp/ (-pp-)
to ​press something hard between two often ​sharpobjects, such as ​teeth or the ​nails on ​fingers: [I/T] The ​puppykept nipping (at) her ​ankles.
(Definition of nip from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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