Meaning of “slip” in the English Dictionary

"slip" in English

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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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slip verb (GET WORSE)

[ I ] to go into a worse state, often because of lack of control or care:

Productivity in the factory has slipped noticeably in the last year.
The schedule has started to slip (= things are happening later than planned).
I don't know what went wrong, I must be slipping.


uk /slɪp/ us /slɪp/

slip noun (PIECE OF PAPER)

[ C ] a small piece of paper:

a slip of paper
If you want to order a book fill out the green slip.

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

"slip" in American English

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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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uk /slɪp/ us -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 /slɪp/ us

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.

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)