Idioms

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.

Related forms

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

slip

1
/ (slɪp) /

verb slips, slipping or slipped

noun

See also slip up

Derived Forms

slipless, adjective

Word Origin for slip

C13: from Middle Low German or Dutch slippen

British Dictionary definitions for let slip (2 of 3)

slip

2
/ (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 let slip (3 of 3)

slip

3
/ (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 let slip (1 of 2)

let slip


1

Also, let slip or slide by; let slide. Miss an opportunity; waste time. For example, We forgot to buy a ticket and let our big chance slip by, or He let the whole day slide by. The first term dates from the mid-1500s, the variant from the late 1500s.

2

Also, let slip out. Reveal something, usually inadvertently, as in He let it slip out that he had applied for the vacant position. [Mid-1800s]

3

let slip through one's fingers. Fail to seize an opportunity, as in We could have won the trophy but we let it slip through our fingers. [First half of 1600s]

Idioms and Phrases with let 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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