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clip

[ klip ]SEE DEFINITION OF clip
  • verbcut short
  • verbpunch

Synonyms for clip

  • mow
  • prune
  • shave
  • shear
  • snip
  • trim
  • bob
  • crop
  • curtail
  • cut
  • decrease
  • dock
  • lower
  • pare
  • reduce
  • shorten
  • skive
  • slash
  • truncate
  • cut back
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Antonyms for clip

  • elongate
  • enlarge
  • expand
  • extend
  • grow
  • increase
  • lengthen
  • raise
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLIP

If I should be caught and brought back, they'd clip my wings and brand me for life.

All the mathematics 56 she needs is enough to count her sheep and figure her clip.

He felt the clip board being pushed into his hand, then glanced down.

When I hooked him he started out to sea at a clip that smoked the line off my reel.

It's been comin' his way ever since he was big enough to clip a coupon.

The thick end of the rod of quartz is held in the fingers or occasionally in a clip.

Get my shears, sweeting, and I'll clip this lion's mane of hair.

"Don't let any German clip that mole off, Earl," warned Dubois.

I'll clip his wings, he shall not fly, I'll rid the land of him, or else I'll die.

We were now within range, and must clip her wings if possible.

WORD ORIGIN

"to cut or sever with a sharp instrument," c.1200, from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse klippa, Swedish klippa, Danish klippe "clip, shear, cut") probably echoic. Related: Clipped; clipping.

Meaning "to pronounce short" is from 1520s. The verb has a long association with shady activities, originally especially in reference to cutting or shaving metal from coins (c.1400), but later extended to swindles from the sense "to shear sheep," hence clip-joint "place that overcharges outrageously" (1933, American English, a term from Prohibition). To clip (someone's) wings figuratively (1590s) is from the method of preventing a captive bird from flying.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CLIP

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