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"slip" in British English

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slipverb

uk   /slɪp/  us   /slɪp/ (-pp-)
  • 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.
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.

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  • 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.

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slipnoun

uk   /slɪp/  us   /slɪp/
  • slip noun (FOR BOAT)

[C] a place where a boat or ship can be parked, between two piers
(Definition of slip from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slip" in American English

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slipverb

 us   /slɪp/ (-pp-)
  • slip verb (SLIDE)

[I] to slide suddenly and without intending to: He slipped on an icy sidewalk and broke his hip. The blanket began to slip off my shoulders.
  • slip verb (MOVE EASILY)

[I/T] to move easily and quietly so you are not noticed, or to move something easily into position: [I always + adv/prep] He was able to slip out of the room without disturbing anyone. [T always + adv/prep] Ben slipped the credit card into the machine. [I always + adv/prep] fig. While I napped in my chair, the hours slipped by.
[I/T] If you slip something to someone, you give it to that person without attracting attention: [T always + adv/prep] I slipped some money to the maitre d’ to get a table. [T always + adv/prep] She slipped her hand into his.
  • slip verb (GET WORSE)

[I] to change to a worse state or condition: We’ve slipped even further behind schedule. After slipping into a coma, he never woke up.
  • slip verb (ESCAPE)

[I/T] to get away from or get free from something: [T] The dog slipped its leash and ran off. [I always + adv/prep] The ball slipped through my fingers.

slipnoun [C]

 us   /slɪp/
  • slip noun [C] (PIECE OF PAPER)

a small piece of paper: You get a slip from the cash machine when you take out money.
  • slip noun [C] (MISTAKE)

a mistake that someone makes when not being careful: She has made some slips lately that show she’s thinking about other things.
  • slip noun [C] (UNDERWEAR)

women’s underwear that is shaped like a skirt or a dress
(Definition of slip from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"slip" in Business English

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slipverb

uk   us   /slɪp/ (-pp-)
[I] to become worse, lower, or less in value: He sold his shares, just before sales began to slip.slip against sth The dollar slipped against the Japanese yen.slip (from sth) to sth February crude oil slipped 1¢ to $18.96 a barrel. The proportion of shares held by UK individuals slipped from 14% to 13% last year.

slipnoun [C]

uk   us   /slɪp/
a reduction in the level or amount of something: a slip in something The retail group reported a 5% slip in sales. recent slips in the value of the stock market
a small piece of paper, especially with writing on it: When I gave him his credit card slip, he added a $20 tip. She scribbled a number on a slip of paper and handed it to me.reply/packing slip Packing slips show the retailer's name and address. credit/debit/withdrawal slip
a mistake: Management made a costly slip by ignoring such obvious warning signs.
slip of the tongue
a small mistake made while speaking: Wall street is nervous, and any slip of the tongue can send markets sliding downhill.
(Definition of slip from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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