American English

Definition of slip noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    small mistake
  1. 1a small mistake, usually made by being careless or not paying attention He recited the whole poem without making a single slip. There were a few slips in the translation. see also Freudian slip Thesaurusmistakeerror inaccuracy slip misprintThese are all words for a word, figure, or fact that is not said, written down, or typed correctly.mistake a word or figure that is not said or written down correctly:It's a common mistake among learners of English. spelling mistakeserror (somewhat formal) a word, figure, etc. that is not said or written down correctly:There are too many errors in your work. Error is a more formal way of saying mistake.inaccuracy (somewhat formal) a piece of information that is not exactly correct:The article is full of inaccuracies.slip a small mistake, usually made by being careless or not paying attentionmisprint a small mistake in a printed textPatterns a(n) mistake/error/inaccuracy/slip/misprint in something to make a(n) mistake/error/slip to contain/be full of/include mistakes/errors/inaccuracies/misprints
  2. piece of paper
  3. 2a small piece of paper, especially one for writing on or with something printed on it I wrote it down on a slip of paper.
  4. act of slipping
  5. 3an act of slipping One slip and you could fall to your death.
  6. clothing
  7. 4a piece of women's underwear like a thin dress or skirt, worn under a dress
  8. place for boats
  9. 5a place in the water where boats are kept, usually between two piers
  10. Idioms
    give somebody the slip (informal)
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    to escape or get away from someone who is following or chasing you I managed to give him the slip by hiding behind a wall.
    a slip of a boy, girl, etc. (old-fashioned)
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    a small or thin, usually young, person She's only a slip of a thing.
    a slip of the pen/tongue
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    a small mistake in something that you write or say Did I call you Richard? Sorry, Robert, just a slip of the tongue.
    there's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip (saying)
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    nothing is completely certain until it really happens because things can easily go wrong
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: slip