Meaning of SLIP in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ slɪp ]

( slips, slipping, slipped)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


If you slip , you accidentally slide and lose your balance.

He had slipped on an icy pavement...

Be careful not to slip.

VERB : V , V


If something slips , it slides out of place or out of your hand.

His glasses had slipped...

The hammer slipped out of her grasp.

VERB : V , V prep / adv


If you slip somewhere, you go there quickly and quietly.

Amy slipped downstairs and out of the house...

VERB : V adv / prep


If you slip something somewhere, you put it there quickly in a way that does not attract attention.

I slipped a note under Louise’s door...

Just slip in a piece of paper.

VERB : V n prep , V n with adv


If you slip something to someone, you give it to them secretly.

Robert had slipped her a note in school...

She looked round before pulling out a package and slipping it to the man.

VERB : V n n , V n to n


To slip into a particular state or situation means to pass gradually into it, in a way that is hardly noticed.

It amazed him how easily one could slip into a routine...

= slide

VERB : V into n


If something slips to a lower level or standard, it falls to that level or standard.

Shares slipped to 117p...

In June, producer prices slipped 0.1% from May...

Overall business activity is slipping.

VERB : V to/from/by amount / n , V amount , V

Slip is also a noun.

...a slip in consumer confidence.

N-SING : oft N in n


If you slip into or out of clothes or shoes, you put them on or take them off quickly and easily.

She slipped out of the jacket and tossed it on the couch...

I slipped off my woollen gloves.

VERB : V into/out of n , V n with on/off


A slip is a small or unimportant mistake.

We must be well prepared, there must be no slips.



A slip of paper is a small piece of paper.

...little slips of paper he had torn from a notebook...

I put her name on the slip.

N-COUNT : oft N of n


A slip is a thin piece of clothing that a woman wears under her dress or skirt.



see also Freudian slip


If you give someone the slip , you escape from them when they are following you or watching you. ( INFORMAL )

He gave reporters the slip by leaving at midnight.

PHRASE : V inflects


If you let slip information, you accidentally tell it to someone, when you wanted to keep it secret.

I bet he let slip that I’d gone to America.

PHRASE : let inflects


If something slips your mind , you forget about it.

The reason for my visit had obviously slipped his mind.

PHRASE : V and N inflect


to slip through your fingers: see finger

slip of the tongue: see tongue

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.