slip-up

[ slip-uhp ]
/ ˈslɪpˌʌp /

noun

a mistake, blunder, or oversight: Several slip-ups caused a delay in the delivery of the books.

Nearby words

  1. slip-joint pliers,
  2. slip-on,
  3. slip-rail,
  4. slip-slop,
  5. slip-stitch,
  6. slipcase,
  7. slipcover,
  8. slipdress,
  9. slipe,
  10. slipknot

Origin of slip-up

First recorded in 1850–55; noun use of verb phrase slip up

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 formsslip·less, adjectiveslip·ping·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for slip up

slip up

verb (intr, adverb)

informal to make a blunder or mistake; err
to fall overhe slipped up in the street

noun slip-up

informal a mistake, blunder, or mishap

slip

1
/ (slɪp) /

verb slips, slipping or slipped

noun

See also slip up

Derived Formsslipless, adjective

Word Origin for slip

C13: from Middle Low German or Dutch slippen

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

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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Word Origin and History for slip up
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Idioms and Phrases with slip up

slip up

Make a mistake, blunder, as in I slipped up and gave the invitations to the wrong people. [Mid-1800s]

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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