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yips

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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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British Dictionary definitions for yips

yips
/ (jɪps) /

pl n
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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