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Sense: 1
Origin: Old English clyppan 'to hold tight, hug'
Sense: 2-9
Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old Norse
Origin: klippa

clip

2 verb
     
clip2 past tense and past participle clipped, present participle clipping
1

fasten

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] to fasten something together or to be fastened together using a clip
clip something into/onto etc something
A microphone was clipped to his tie.
a stack of bills clipped together
2

cut

[transitive] to cut small amounts of something in order to make it tidier:
The hedges had just been clipped.
3

cut from newspaper

[transitive always + adverb/preposition] to cut an article or picture from a newspaper, magazine etc
clip something out of/from something
a cartoon clipped from a Minneapolis newspaper
4

hit

[transitive] to hit something quickly at an angle, often by accident:
A truck swerved and clipped a parked car.
5

reduce

[transitive] to slightly reduce an amount, quantity etc - used in news reports
clip something off/from something
Gunnell clipped a second off the world record.
6

clip somebody's wings

to restrict someone's freedom, activities, or power
7

clip somebody round the ear/earhole

British English informal to hit someone quickly on the side of the head
8

ticket

[transitive]TT British English to make a hole in a bus or train ticket to show that it has been used [= punch American English]
9

clip your words

to say words in a quick, short, and not very friendly way

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