v. snipped, snip·ping, snips
To cut, clip, or separate (something) with short, quick strokes.
To cut or clip with short, quick strokes.
1. An instance of snipping or the sound produced by snipping.
a. A small cut made with scissors or shears.
b. A small piece cut or clipped off.
c. A bit or scrap: snips of information about the merger.
a. One that is small or slight in size or stature.
b. A person regarded as impertinent or mischievous.
4. snips (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Hand shears used in cutting sheet metal.
5. Slang Something easily accomplished.
[Dutch or Low German snippen.]
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