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snip

[snip] /snɪp/
verb (used with object), snipped, snipping.
1.
to cut with a small, quick stroke, or a succession of such strokes, with scissors or the like.
2.
to remove or cut off (something) by or as by cutting in this manner:
to snip a rose.
verb (used without object), snipped, snipping.
3.
to cut with small, quick strokes.
noun
4.
the act of snipping, as with scissors.
5.
a small cut made by snipping.
6.
a small piece snipped off.
7.
a small piece, bit, or amount of anything:
a snip of food.
8.
Informal. a small or insignificant person.
9.
Informal. a presumptuous or impertinent person.
10.
snips, small, strong hand shears used by sheet metal workers.
11.
British Informal. a bargain.
Origin of snip
1550-1560
1550-60; origin uncertain; compare Dutch, Low German snippen to snip, catch, clip
Related forms
unsnipped, adjective
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Examples from the Web for snips
Historical Examples
  • This is usually accomplished with four snips of the scissors much easier to practice than to describe.

  • "Confound them snips of Aids," said he angrily, as he wiped the mud off.

  • You can see that it was a very short-bladed scissors, since the cutter had to take two snips over 'keep away.'

  • The question was needless, for the table was strewn with snips of calico.

    The Young Step-Mother Charlotte M. Yonge
  • This victory Agrippa obtained at an easy rate, not more than three of his snips being sunk or destroyed.

  • So when he asked me to go with him I cut every tie that bound me to my old life as one snips the withered leaves from a plant.

    Ivanoff Anton Checkov
  • They do not hear the men beyond their parapets lying on their stomachs and busily cutting the wires with their snips.

    Training for the Trenches Leslie Vickers
  • The wind, which blew a gale, uprooted trees and flicked them out of the way as if they were snips of paper.

    Girl Scouts in the Rockies Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • After a long shake of his head and a shrug of his rather high shoulders he snips, goes to the window and opens it.

  • Having secured the cups for five cents each, they cut the handles with a pair of tinners' "snips."

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
British Dictionary definitions for snips

snips

/snɪps/
plural noun
1.
a small pair of shears used for cutting sheet metal Also called tin snips

snip

/snɪp/
verb snips, snipping, snipped
1.
to cut or clip with a small quick stroke or a succession of small quick strokes, esp with scissors or shears
noun
2.
the act of snipping
3.
the sound of scissors or shears closing
4.
Also called snipping. a small piece of anything, esp one that has been snipped off
5.
a small cut made by snipping
6.
(mainly Brit) an informal word for bargain
7.
(informal) something easily done; cinch
8.
(US & Canadian, informal) a small or insignificant person or thing, esp an irritating or insolent one
interjection
9.
(often reiterated) a representation of the sound of scissors or shears closing
See also snips
Word Origin
C16: from Low German, Dutch snippen; related to Middle High German snipfen to snap the fingers
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Word Origin and History for snips
n.

"small, stout-handled shears for metal-working," 1846, from snip (v.).

snip

n.

1550s, "small piece of cut-out cloth," probably from Dutch or Low German snippen "to snip, shred," of imitative origin. Meaning "cut made by scissors" is from 1590s. As a nickname or cant word for a tailor, 1590s. Snip-snap-snorum, the card game, is 1755, from Low German.

v.

"to cut at one light, quick stroke," 1580s, from snip (n.). Related: Snipped; snipping.

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