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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LIP

I see again the curl on the lip of a certain kind of girl-reader!

The Frenchman looked at his host in some disdain, bit his lip, and was silent.

Philip Morton heard, and his lip curled with a sad and a just disdain.

"God bless you, Miss Cameron," he said, and his lip quivered.

He bit his lip in his annoyance, shivering with a presentiment.

Almamen marked his emotion with an eye and lip of rigid composure.

The haughty smile was yet on his lip when the door opened and the prince entered.

He hesitated, biting his lip and plucking absently the tangles from the forelock of his horse.

He bit his lip and struck with his cane at the buttercup heads.

Mr Meagles looked at his wife and at Clennam; bit his lip; and coughed.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English lippa, from Proto-Germanic *lepjon (cf. Old Frisian lippa, Middle Dutch lippe, Dutch lip, Old High German lefs, German Lefze, Swedish läpp, Danish læbe), from PIE *leb- "to lick; lip" (cf. Latin labium).

French lippe is from a Germanic source. Transferred sense of "edge or margin of a cup, etc." is from 1590s. Slang sense "saucy talk" is from 1821, probably from move the lip (1570s) "utter even the slightest word (against someone)." To bite (one's) lip "show vexation" is from early 14c. Stiff upper lip as a sign of courage is from 1833. Lip gloss is attested from 1939; lip balm from 1877. Related: Lips.

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