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Definition of nip verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    nip

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//nɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɪp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nip
    BrE BrE//nɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɪp//
     
    he / she / it nips
    BrE BrE//nɪps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɪps//
     
    past simple nipped
    BrE BrE//nɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɪpt//
     
    past participle nipped
    BrE BrE//nɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//nɪpt//
     
    -ing form nipping
    BrE BrE//ˈnɪpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɪpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to give somebody/something a quick painful bite or pinch 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. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. (British English, informal) to go somewhere quickly and/or for only a short time synonym pop He's just nipped out to the bank. A car nipped in (= got in quickly) ahead of me.
  4. Word Originverb late Middle English: probably of Low German or Dutch origin.Extra examples He nipped in through a side door. I nipped round the corner. I’ll just nip into the post office. I’m just nipping down to the shops for some bread. She’s just nipped out for a few minutes. The boy nipped down the alley out of sight. The rats nipped at her flesh. nipping to the shopsIdioms
    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
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