|Origin:||Old English clyppan 'to hold tight, hug'|
clip2 past tense and past participle clipped, present participle clipping
to fasten something together or to be fastened together using a clip
fasten[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]
clip something into/onto etc something
A microphone was clipped to his tie.
a stack of bills clipped together
to cut small amounts of something in order to make it tidier:
The hedges had just been clipped.
to cut an article or picture from a newspaper, magazine etc
cut from newspaper[transitive always + adverb/preposition]
clip something out of/from something
a cartoon clipped from a Minneapolis newspaper
to hit something quickly at an angle, often by accident:
A truck swerved and clipped a parked car.
to slightly reduce an amount, quantity etc - used in news reports
clip something off/from something
Gunnell clipped a second off the world record.
to restrict someone's freedom, activities, or power
7 British English informal
to hit someone quickly on the side of the head
to make a hole in a bus or train ticket to show that it has been used [= punch American English]
ticket[transitive]TT British English
to say words in a quick, short, and not very friendly way