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While Michael Jackson had younger sister Janet nipping at his heels with Grammy Awards and gold records, Whitney stood alone.
Heading into the fourth day of competition, upstart Wall Street Journal was nipping at the heels of the Gray Lady.
The key to nipping negative cycles in the bud is doing recovery activities in the right order.
This source and others pointed to the site JustJared as nipping at Hilton's heels as a music industry influencer.
Had the latter run away, the brute would have been at his heels, nipping and biting at each step.
The nipping winter is essential to the green and flowery spring.
Julia bit her lip, nipping it into redness with her white, even teeth.
The horse has formed them for nipping, and his hind teeth for grinding.
Everyone in the party was anxious to get out of the nipping wind, and they lost no time in entering the "cave," as Sam called it.
"to pinch sharply; to bite suddenly," late 14c., related to Middle Low German nipen "to nip, to pinch," Middle Dutch nipen "to pinch," Dutch nijpen, Old Norse hnippa "to prod," but the exact evolution of the stem is obscure. Related: Nipped; nipping. To nip (something) in the bud in the figurative sense is first recorded c.1600.
"small measure of spirits," 1796, shortening of nipperkin (1670s) "quantity of liquor of a half pint or less," possibly of Dutch or Low German origin and related to nip (v.). Reinforced by nip (n.2) on notion of "fragment or bit pinched off" (c.1600).
"a pinch; a sharp bite," 1540s, from nip (v.). Meaning "a chill in the weather" is from 1610s, probably so called for its effect on vegetation. Nip and tuck "a close thing" is recorded from 1832, perhaps from sailing or tailoring.
A small quantity, a taste, of a drink: Well, give me just a nip, then
[1796+; apparently fr nipperkin, ''small measure of drink,'' found by 1694]