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Definition of clip verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they clip
    he / she / it clips
    past simple clipped
    -ing form clipping
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to fasten something to something else with a clip; to be fastened with a clip clip something + adv./prep. He clipped the microphone (on) to his collar. Clip the pages together. + adv./prep. Do those earrings clip on?
  2. 2[transitive] to cut something with scissors or shears, in order to make it shorter or neater; to remove something from somewhere by cutting it off clip something to clip a hedge clip something from something/off (something) He clipped off a length of wire.
  3. 3[transitive] to hit the edge or side of something clip something The car clipped the curb as it turned. clip something + adv./prep. She clipped the ball into the net.
  4. 4[transitive] clip something (out of/from something) to cut something out of something else using scissors to clip a coupon (out of the paper)
  5. Idioms
    clip somebody's wings
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    to restrict a person's freedom or power Having a new baby to take care of has clipped her wings.
    Phrasal Verbsclip something off something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: clip