Idioms for slip

Origin of slip

1
1250–1300; (v.) Middle English slippen < Middle Dutch slippen; cognate with Old High German slipfen; (noun) late Middle English slippe, derivative of or akin to the v.; compare Old High German slipf a sliding, slipping, error; akin to slipper2

SYNONYMS FOR slip

1, 2 slither. See slide.
11 err, blunder.
35 error, fault. See mistake.

OTHER WORDS FROM slip

slip·less, adjectiveslip·ping·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for give the slip (1 of 3)

slip1
/ (slɪp) /

verb slips, slipping or slipped

noun

See also slip up

Derived forms of slip

slipless, adjective

Word Origin for slip

C13: from Middle Low German or Dutch slippen

British Dictionary definitions for give the slip (2 of 3)

slip2
/ (slɪp) /

noun

verb slips, slipping or slipped

(tr) to detach (portions of stem, etc) from (a plant) for propagation

Word Origin for slip

C15: probably from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch slippe to cut, strip

British Dictionary definitions for give the slip (3 of 3)

slip3
/ (slɪp) /

noun

clay mixed with water to a creamy consistency, used for decorating or patching a ceramic piece

Word Origin for slip

Old English slyppe slime; related to Norwegian slipa slime on fish; see slop 1
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Idioms and Phrases with give the slip (1 of 2)

give the slip

Escape or evade someone. For example, He saw the rival gang approaching but managed to give them the slip. [Mid-1500s]

Idioms and Phrases with give the slip (2 of 2)

slip

In addition to the idioms beginning with slip

  • slip a cog
  • slip of the lip
  • slip one's mind
  • slip out
  • slip something over on
  • slip through one's fingers
  • slip up

also see:

  • give the slip
  • let slip
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