nip

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nip1 [nip]
vt.
nipped, nipping [ME nippen, prob. < MLowG nippen or ON hnippa < IE * kneib- (< base * ken-, to scrape) > Gr kniptos, stingy]
1. to catch or squeeze between two surfaces, points, or edges; pinch or bite
2. to sever (shoots, buds, etc.) by pinching or clipping
3. to check the growth or development of
4. to have a painful or injurious effect on because of cold [frost nipped the plants]
5. Slang
a) to snatch
b) to steal
vi.
1. to give a nip or nips
2. [Brit. Informal] to move quickly or nimbly: with off, away, along, etc.
n.
1. the act of nipping; pinch; bite
2. a piece nipped off; small bit
3. a stinging quality, as in cold or frosty air
4. stinging cold; frost
5. a stinging remark
6. a strong flavor; tang
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☆ nip and tuck
so close, even, or critical as to leave the outcome in doubt; neck and neck
nip2 [nip]
n.
[prob. contr. < nipperkin < Du nippertje, small measure for liquors < base of nippen, to sip, prob. akin to NIP1]
a small drink of liquor; dram; sip
vt., vi.
nipped, nipping
to drink (liquor) in nips

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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