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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Perhaps from a Scandinavian language

skip

1 verb
     
Related topics: Other Games
skip1 past tense and past participle skipped, present participle skipping
1

not do something

[transitive] informal to not do something that you usually do or that you should do [= miss]:
She skipped lunch in order to go shopping.
Williams skipped the game to be with his wife in the hospital.
skip school/class especially American English
He skipped chemistry class three times last month.
2

not deal with something

[intransitive and transitive] to not read, mention, or deal with something that would normally come or happen next:
I decided to skip the first chapter.
skip to
Let's skip to the last item on the agenda.
skip over
I suggest we skip over the details and get to the point.
3

change subjects

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to go from one subject to another in no fixed order
skip about/around/from
It's difficult to have a conversation with her because she skips from one topic to another.
4

movement

[intransitive] to move forward with quick steps and jumps
skip across/along etc
He turned and skipped away, singing happily to himself.
skip
5

jump over a rope

[intransitive]DGO to jump over a rope as you swing it over your head and under your feet, as a game or for exercise [= jump rope American English]
6

skip town/skip the country

informal to leave a place suddenly and secretly, especially to avoid being punished or paying debts:
Then they found that Zaffuto had already skipped town.
7

skip it!

spoken informal especially American English used to say angrily and rudely that you do not want to talk about something:
'Sorry, what were you saying?' 'Oh, skip it!'
8

skip rocks/stones

American English to throw smooth, flat stones into a lake, river etc in a way that makes them jump across the surface [= skim British English]
9

ball

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] if a ball or something similar skips off a surface, it quickly moves away from that surface after hitting it - used especially in news reports
The ball skipped off Bonds' glove and bounced toward the fence.
10

skip a year/grade

SE to start a new school year in a class that is one year ahead of the class you would normally enter

➔ somebody's heart skips a beat

at heart

skip off

phrasal verb
to leave suddenly and secretly, especially in order to avoid being punished or paying money:
He skipped off without paying.
skip off on American English
Tenants who skip out on utility bills are the focus of a new law.
Joel skipped out on his wife when she was 8 months pregnant.

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