nip

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[ nip ]
/ nɪp /

verb (used with object), nipped, nip·ping.

verb (used without object), nipped, nip·ping.

Chiefly British Slang. to leave stealthily; sneak away; flee (often followed by away).

noun

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Idioms for nip

    nip and tuck, with each competitor equaling or closely contesting the speed, scoring, or efforts of the other: It was nip and tuck as to which sailboat would reach port first.
    nip in the bud. bud1(def 13).

Origin of nip

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1350–1400; Middle English nyppe to pinch < Old Norse hnippa to poke, thrust
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British Dictionary definitions for nip and tuck (1 of 3)

Nip
/ (nɪp) /

noun

slang a derogatory word for a Japanese

Word Origin for Nip

C20: short for Nipponese

British Dictionary definitions for nip and tuck (2 of 3)

nip1
/ (nɪp) /

verb nips, nipping or nipped (mainly tr)

noun

Word Origin for nip

C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse hnippa to prod

British Dictionary definitions for nip and tuck (3 of 3)

nip2
/ (nɪp) /

noun

a small drink of spirits; dram
mainly British a measure of spirits usually equal to one sixth of a gill

verb nips, nipping or nipped

to drink (spirits), esp habitually in small amounts

Word Origin for nip

C18: shortened from nipperkin a vessel holding a half-pint or less, of uncertain origin; compare Dutch nippen to sip
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Cultural definitions for nip and tuck

nip and tuck

Closely contested; neck and neck: “It was nip and tuck there for a while, but our team finally pulled through.”

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Idioms and Phrases with nip and tuck

nip and tuck

Very close so that the advantage or lead of competitors keeps shifting, as in It was nip and tuck whether they would deal with the bill before Congress adjourned. The precise allusion in this term has been lost. [Early 1800s] Also see neck and neck.

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