But he had to make Him give a fillip to set the world in motion; beyond this, he has no further need of God.
He has given a fillip to existence, loath as I am to acknowledge it.
He likened it to the shass caffy of Mr. Henry Foker—the fillip at the end of the long banquet of life.
Corrupting a Legislature is not something a man may do with a fillip of his finger and thumb.
Of all who had broken bread with the ruined man, there were not two who cared a fillip whether he were living or dead.
She knew that it wanted but this fillip to carry her through.
I tell you this, sir: I 'd rather a man would give me a fillip on the nose than talk to me about luck.
Eat, drink, play; all other human joys are not worth a fillip.'
Her face was a little flat, but it was young, and the scar gave it just the fillip it needed.
A fillip to the wheel of her fate was given as she and Ellis went up the hill.
mid-15c., philippen "to flip something with the fingers, snap the fingers," possibly of imitative origin. As a noun, from 1520s, fyllippe.