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Definition of nip verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nip
    he / she / it nips
    past simple nipped
    -ing form nipping
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to give someone or something a quick painful bite or pinch (= squeezing their skin between your finger and thumb) nip something He winced as the dog nipped his ankle. nip (at something) She nipped at my arm.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] (of cold, wind, etc.) to harm or damage something nip (at something) The icy wind nipped at our faces. nip something growing shoots nipped by frost
  3. Idioms
    nip something in the bud
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    to stop something when it has just begun because you can see that problems will come from it
    Phrasal Verbsnip somethingoff
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: nip