an act or instance of striking something with the nail of a finger snapped from the end of a thumb; a smart tap or stroke.
anything that tends to rouse, excite, or revive; a stimulus: Praise is an excellent fillip for waning ambition.
to strike with a fillip.
to tap or strike smartly.
to drive by or as by a fillip: Anticipation filliped his passion.
to make a fillip with the fingers.
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How to use fillip in a sentence
His administration touted the move as “a fillip to the economy,” but it should help him politically, too.The Modi government’s Diwali gift to furious Indians is lower fuel taxes | Ananya Bhattacharya | November 4, 2021 | Quartz
She could not wait to see her little son fillip and “was dying to take a shower,” she said.
There was a brief fillip in the afternoon when it was reported that Obama and Boehner had spoken on the phone.Fiscal Cliff Standoff: Day 29, Democrats Enter Hostile Territory | Daniel Gross | December 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The fillip given would have been far, far greater than that which the mere numbers (1,200 for the Division) would seem to imply.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
This was quite an event, and gave a fillip to the inertness of Madame de Fontanges, whose curiosity was excited.Newton Forster | Captain Frederick Marryat
This was a pleasant fillip to me, who am just now ready to be dispirited on the slightest pretext.George Eliot's Life, Vol. I (of 3) | George Eliot
I tell you this, sir: I 'd rather a man would give me a fillip on the nose than talk to me about luck.Paul Gosslett's Confessions in Love, Law, and The Civil Service | Charles James Lever
And if necessary to give a fillip to languishing competition, do so by a concession in rates.Railroads: Rates and Regulations | William Z. Ripley
British Dictionary definitions for fillip
something that adds stimulation or enjoyment
the action of holding a finger towards the palm with the thumb and suddenly releasing it outwards to produce a snapping sound
a quick blow or tap made by a finger snapped in this way
(tr) to stimulate or excite
(tr) to strike or project sharply with a fillip
(intr) to make a fillip
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