[ yips ]
/ yɪps /
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plural noun Sports.
the sudden and unexplained loss of a motor skill used in a sport, as with a smooth golf swing reduced to a stuttering one, experienced by athletes who had previously mastered the required movements.
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Origin of yips
First recorded in 1960–65; origin obscure
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How to use yips in a sentence
Rhythm and beauty of style can hardly be achieved by staccato yips.Atlantic Classics|Various
No one else is able to make such good cookies as I have cooked, as you and all the Yips know.
But he has lived many years among the Yips, who have found him so wise and intelligent that they always go to him for advice.
On the second day the Yips began to wish they had not embarked on this adventure.
Cayke was not satisfied, but the other Yips seemed to approve the plan highly.
British Dictionary definitions for yips
/ (jɪps) /
the yips informal (in sport, originally esp golf) nervous twitching or tension that destroys concentration and spoils performance
Word Origin for yips
C20: of unknown origin
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