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Topic: CLOTHES AND FASHION

Sense: 1,2
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: From the sound of something moving very quickly.
Sense: 3
Date: 1900-2000
Origin: zip code

zip

1 noun
     
zip
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1 [countable] British EnglishDC two lines of small metal or plastic pieces that slide together to fasten a piece of clothing [= zipper American English]
The zip on my skirt had broken.
do up/undo a zip
Your zip's undone at the back.
2 [uncountable] informal speed, energy, or excitement:
This car goes with a bit more zip than my last one.
A spoonful of mustard will give the dish some zip.
3 [singular] American English informal nothing at all or zero:
We beat them 10 to zip.
'How much money do you have left?' 'Zip!'
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