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Definition of Nip


  1. A sip or small draught; esp., a draught of intoxicating liquor; a dram.
  2. To catch and inclose or compress tightly between two surfaces, or points which are brought together or closed; to pinch; to close in upon.
  3. To remove by pinching, biting, or cutting with two meeting edges of anything; to clip.
  4. Hence: To blast, as by frost; to check the growth or vigor of; to destroy.
  5. To vex or pain, as by nipping; hence, to taunt.
  6. A seizing or closing in upon; a pinching; as, in the northern seas, the nip of masses of ice.
  7. A pinch with the nails or teeth.
  8. A small cut, or a cutting off the end.
  9. A blast; a killing of the ends of plants by frost.
  10. A biting sarcasm; a taunt.
  11. A short turn in a rope.

Nip Quotations

Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people.
John Quincy Adams

Mr Speaker, I smell a rat; I see him forming in the air and darkening the sky; but I will nip him in the bud.
Boyle Roche

Poetry is the most subtle of the literary arts, and students grow more ingenious by the year at avoiding it. If they can nip around Milton, duck under Blake and collapse gratefully into the arms of Jane Austen, a lot of them will.
Terry Eagleton

I live in Selfridges because it has everything under one roof. Liberty's is great for the same reason - I'm so lazy, I hate walking from shop to shop. Powder in Crouch End always has great designer labels in, so when I walk past I have to put my blinkers on because every time I nip in I come out with too much stuff; it's dangerous.
Sheridan Smith

Hip Nip just sounds groovy. A drummer laid it on me.
Pat Morita
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Nip Translations

nip in Dutch is aperitief, borrel
nip in French is caponner
nip in German is zwicken, kneifen
nip in Italian is pizzicare
nip in Norwegian is dram
nip in Portuguese is estreitamento
nip in Spanish is aperitivo, pellizcar, pizcar
nip in Swedish is nypa, frostskada
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