The dialogue is pure McCarthy as well: clipped, resonant, near-Biblical—and somewhat pompous.
But “Studies show…” items can be clipped and pasted by… By people like me.
I need another Shonda Rhimes show filled with characters who all talk in the same fast, clipped way like I need a hole in my head.
He tried to coax the distraught girl out of silence, inquiring about her school and family life, but her replies were clipped.
Denton, who speaks in the clipped cadence of the Oxford-educated Brit he is, has built quite a castle.
Yet it is quite true that no bird could fly if you clipped its wings.
He had lived with it, nurtured it, clipped it, groomed it—for thirty-two years.
To do this nicely, the hair should be clipped away at this point.
And remember, “perfect has no clipped edges, no dreary blanks.”
Suddenly from behind me a voice smooth and full, translated the clipped jargon into ordinary speech.
"to cut or sever with a sharp instrument," c.1200, from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse klippa, Swedish klippa, Danish klippe "clip, shear, cut") probably echoic. Related: Clipped; clipping.
Meaning "to pronounce short" is from 1520s. The verb has a long association with shady activities, originally especially in reference to cutting or shaving metal from coins (c.1400), but later extended to swindles from the sense "to shear sheep," hence clip-joint "place that overcharges outrageously" (1933, American English, a term from Prohibition). To clip (someone's) wings figuratively (1590s) is from the method of preventing a captive bird from flying.
"fasten, hold together by pressure," also (mostly archaic) "to embrace," from Old English clyppan "to embrace, clasp; surround; prize, honor, cherish;" related to Old Frisian kleppa "to embrace, love," Old High German klaftra, German klafter "fathom" (on notion of outstretched arms). Also cf. Lithuanian glebys "armful," globiu "to embrace, support." Meaning "to fasten, bind" is early 14c. Meaning "to fasten with clips" is from 1902. Related: Clipped; clipping. Original sense of the verb is preserved in U.S. football clipping penalty.
"something for attaching or holding," mid-14c., probably from clip (v.2). Meaning "receptacle containing several cartridges for a repeating firearm" is from 1901. Meaning "piece of jewelry fastened by a clip" is from 1937. This is also the source of paper clip (1854). Old English had clypp "an embrace."
A fastener used in surgery to hold skin or other tissue in position or to control hemorrhage.
put the clip on someone, roach clip
[senses denoting fraud and theft are probably fr the practice of clipping bits of metal off coins and passing them at face value]