[ nip-uhp ]

  1. a calisthenic routine or gymnastic move of springing to one's feet from a supine position.

Origin of nip-up

First recorded in 1935–40; noun use of verb phrase nip up

Words Nearby nip-up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use nip-up in a sentence

  • It was not time to feed, but he removed their bits and let them nip up the bunches of sweet grass about their feet.

  • Perhaps one had to nip up to the Creameries to get a slice of salmon, or cutlets, or sausages.

    The Hill | Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Now you nip up to the nursery, and then they'll never know you've been out at all.

    Jeremy | Hugh Walpole
  • Then he turned to the other man, who had followed Nip up the ladder.

    Four-Day Planet | Henry Beam Piper