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clip 1 (klĭp)
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v. clipped, clip·ping, clips
v.tr.
1. To cut, cut off, or cut out with or as if with shears: clip coupons; clipped three seconds off the record.
2. To make shorter by cutting; trim: clip a hedge.
3. To cut off the edge of: clip a coin.
4. To cut short; curtail.
5.
a. To shorten (a word or words) by leaving out letters or syllables.
b. To enunciate with clarity and precision: clip one's words.
6. Informal To hit with a sharp blow: clipped me under the eye.
7. Football To block (an opponent) illegally from the rear.
8. Sports To hit or kick (the ball) in a certain direction.
9. Slang To cheat, swindle, or rob.
v.intr.
1. To cut something.
2. Informal To move rapidly.
n.
1. The act of clipping.
2. Something clipped off, especially:
a. The wool shorn at one shearing, as of sheep.
b. A season's shearing.
3. A short extract from a movie or television program.
4. Informal A quick sharp blow: a clip on the ear.
5. Football An illegal block from the rear.
6. Informal A pace or rate: go at a fast clip.
7. A single occasion; a time: could write nine pages at a clip.
8. clips A pair of shears or clippers.

[Middle English clippen, from Old Norse klippa.]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2020 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
 
clip 2 (klĭp)
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n.
1. Any of various devices for gripping or holding things together; a clasp or fastener.
2. A piece of jewelry that fastens with a clasp or clip, such as an earring or a brooch.
3. A cartridge clip.
tr.v. clipped, clip·ping, clips
1. To fasten with or as if with a clip; hold tightly.
2. Archaic To embrace or encompass.

[Middle English, hook, from clippen, to clasp, embrace, from Old English clyppan.]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2020 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
 

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