Meaning of SLIP in English

SLIP

/ slɪp; NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb

( -pp- )

SLIDE / FALL

1.

[ v ] slip (over) to slide a short distance by accident so that you fall or nearly fall :

She slipped over on the ice and broke her leg.

As I ran up the stairs, my foot slipped and I fell.

OUT OF POSITION

2.

[ v , usually + adv. / prep. ] to slide out of position or out of your hand :

His hat had slipped over one eye.

The fish slipped out of my hand.

The child slipped from his grasp and ran off.

( figurative )

She was careful not to let her control slip.

GO / PUT QUICKLY

3.

[ v + adv. / prep. ] to go somewhere quickly and quietly, especially without being noticed

SYN creep :

She slipped out of the house before the others were awake.

The ship slipped into the harbour at night.

( figurative )

She knew that time was slipping away.

4.

to put sth somewhere quickly, quietly or secretly :

[ vn + adv. / prep. ]

Anna slipped her hand into his.

I managed to slip a few jokes into my speech.

I managed to slip in a few jokes.

[ vnn , vn ]

They'd slipped the guards some money.

They'd slipped some money to the guards.

BECOME WORSE

5.

[ v ] to fall to a lower level; to become worse :

His popularity has slipped recently.

That's three times she's beaten me—I must be slipping !

INTO DIFFICULT SITUATION

6.

[ v + adv. / prep. ] to pass into a particular state or situation, especially a difficult or unpleasant one :

He began to slip into debt.

The patient had slipped into a coma.

We seem to have slipped behind schedule.

CLOTHES ON / OFF

7.

[+ adv. / prep. ] to put clothes on or to take them off quickly and easily :

[ v ]

to slip into / out of a dress

[ vn ]

to slip your shoes on / off

He slipped a coat over his sweatshirt.

GET FREE

8.

to get free; to make sth / sb/yourself free from sth :

[ vn ]

The ship had slipped its moorings in the night.

[ v - adj ]

The animal had slipped free and escaped.

[also vn - adj ]

IDIOMS

- let slip sth

- let sth slip (through your fingers)

- slip your mind

- slip one over on sb

- slip through the net

—more at gear noun , tongue noun

PHRASAL VERBS

- slip away

- slip out

- slip up

■ noun

SMALL MISTAKE

1.

a small mistake, usually made by being careless or not paying attention :

He recited the whole poem without making a single slip.

—see also Freudian slip ➡ note at mistake

PIECE OF PAPER

2.

a small piece of paper, especially one for writing on or with sth printed on it :

I wrote it down on a slip of paper.

a betting slip

—see also payslip

ACT OF SLIPPING

3.

an act of slipping :

One slip and you could fall to your death.

CLOTHING

4.

a piece of women's underwear like a thin dress or skirt, worn under a dress

IN CRICKET

5.

a player who stands behind and to one side of the batsman and tries to catch the ball; the position on the field where this player stands

IDIOMS

- give sb the slip

- a slip of a boy, girl, etc.

- a slip of the pen / tongue

- there's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip

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WORD ORIGIN

verb and noun sense 1 noun senses 3 to 5 Middle English (in the sense move quickly and softly ): probably from Middle Low German slippen (verb); compare with slippery .

noun sense 2 late Middle English : probably from Middle Dutch , Middle Low German slippe cut, strip.

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