Main definitions of clip in English

: clip1clip2

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noun

  • 1A flexible or spring-loaded device for holding an object or objects together or in place:

    ‘he undid two clips and lifted the lid’
    ‘a gilt clip fastened her hair’
    • ‘Astor nodded to the security guard as he moved deeper into the building, attaching his identity card to his lapel with a metal clip.’
    • ‘A potter's needle or a bent paper clip is used to trace around the leaf.’
    • ‘Use cable clips to fasten the cable to skirting boards or other trimming.’
    • ‘The clips, bonded together in rows of 50, like gun nails, prevent tangling and make installation fast and productive.’
    • ‘Rather than using push pins, or traditional screws for installation, they use metal wire clips to secure the fan.’
    • ‘Seven of eight clips holding the panel in position had also become displaced.’
    • ‘Small clusters are held together by clips and joined in bunches.’
    • ‘Special metal plywood clips will add stability to the splices where the sheets meet between rafters.’
    • ‘Binder clips (the metal parts stick to the rack) can grip notepads or loose paper.’
    • ‘If the thermometer has a clip, fasten it to the inside of the pan.’
    • ‘The reason the fuzes would not budge was because of the metal clip.’
    • ‘I threw one cloak over my shoulders and fastened the clip when I heard Kyla scream from the back room.’
    • ‘After division of the duct between metal clips, a chest tube was left in the right chest cavity for drainage.’
    • ‘He undoes the clips and straps producing a sword that looks as though it were a slab of scrap metal.’
    • ‘He handed me several sheets of paper, loosely held together by a paper clip.’
    • ‘They were held up by clips that attached to the sides and to the shorts.’
    • ‘The pocket clip is reversible, spring loaded and adjustable for tension.’
    • ‘Portable and lightweight with a spring-loaded clip and swivel head which turns in two directions, the Dorcy Clip Light has a multitude of uses.’
    • ‘Brodde proffers me a few tenuous looking evergreen straps with a metal clip attached to them.’
    • ‘Tie a metal paper clip to the end of the string to weigh it down.’
    fastener, clasp, hasp, catch, pin, hook, buckle, lock, coupler, link
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    1. 1.1 A piece of jewellery fastened by a clip:
      ‘a diamanté clip’
      • ‘She put on her mascara, some lip gloss and clipped a butterfly clip in her hair.’
      • ‘Her long black tresses were tied up in a bun, a couple of rhinestone clips holding back her bangs.’
      • ‘Her blonde ringlets were pulled back, fastened with a diamond clip, like Pamela's the night before.’
      • ‘Placing diamanté clips and delicate barrettes add a sassy touch of glamour to hairstyles for the holiday.’
      • ‘The few tendrils I left loose I curled and tucked them off my face in white rhinestone clips, letting them frame my face.’
      • ‘Live roses had been picked from the garden and were entwined in the pattern, along with jewelled clips and silk ribbons.’
      • ‘I grabbed a couple of bobby pins, shoved it up into some pile of hair at the back of my head and inserted a couple of star-shaped clips for good measure.’
      • ‘I winced as they pulled and shaped, until my long curls were pulled into a low ponytail and a diamanté clip was attached.’
      • ‘I had a few gadgets disguised as hair clips and bracelets and my camera necklace.’
      • ‘Use the jeweled butterfly clip to hold the twisted strand in place.’
      • ‘I yelled back as Julie put the last hair clip in my hair.’
      • ‘And she was certainly beautiful, with her brown curls tied back, fastened by a diamond clip, and just a dash of makeup.’
      • ‘Her hair was loose and in ringlets, dotted occasionally by rhinestone clips, and stopped right above the neckline of her dress.’
      • ‘She was brushing her bright blue hair, putting two pigtails in her hair and a heart clip to hold back loose strands.’
      • ‘A stylist or friend can help with the placement of the crown twists and the jeweled butterfly clips.’
      • ‘The entry for the Virtuosi included a necklace, a bracelet and a hair clip made of 21 carat yellow gold that had a spiral design resembling the sun.’
      • ‘Or decorate with tiny jeweled alligator clips in a range of sizes and colors.’
      • ‘As the man backed away into the darkness, the hunter put a fresh clip into his pistol.’
      • ‘I had curled my naturally straight hair and pulled a few pieces back with a clip.’
      • ‘Her hair was done up with curls and two clips on either side of her head.’
      brooch, pin, breastpin
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    2. 1.2 A clip for holding banknotes:
      ‘he drew two fifties from his golden clip’
      • ‘The tray includes a number of currency compartments, at least one of the currency compartments including a pivoting currency clip having an upward position.’
      • ‘Keep it real with this great money clip.’
      • ‘Somehow we were under the impression that money clips were old hat, replaced by wallets and purses.’
  • 2A metal holder containing cartridges for an automatic firearm:

    ‘he shot twice, but his clip was empty’
    • ‘The large, metallic backpacks were used to automatically reload clips and dispense a variety of hand grenades as well as RPG's.’
    • ‘Winners use guns with rimless cartridges in moon clips, which reload faster than any speedloader.’
    • ‘He looked at the gun in his hand before emptying the clip of bullets and dropping the weapon on the ground.’
    • ‘We used fourteen magazines for the automatics and twelve clips for the sawn-offs.’
    • ‘Magazine sizes vary from a few shots to up to 99 rounds, with the AI providing automatic reloads whenever a clip is expended.’
    • ‘The bullets went in his BDU pants, and the empty clip rested in a pouch.’
    • ‘He ejected the clip of ammo and slammed a new one in and re armed the gun.’
    • ‘Nate's crutches are on the floor, and his dresser drawer is open and inside I see an empty clip for a pistol, and a gun safe is open.’
    • ‘The other two were standing back, emptying machine gun clips at his chest.’
    • ‘Tucked up there was an automatic rifle and some clips of ammunition all bundled together with brown paper.’
    • ‘The clip is inserted in the magazine well and an internal spring loaded follower pushes fresh cartridges up within the clip as they are stripped off by the bolt.’
    • ‘He deactivated the beam cutlass and slid full clips into his pistols.’
    • ‘He looked nervous as he placed a new clip into his automatic weapon.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the airdrop contained no heavy mortar ammunition, no illumination rounds and only loose rifle cartridges instead of clips.’
    • ‘As he yells the last part five burly men run down the stairs carrying fully automatic weapons with extended clips.’
    • ‘As Meliana emptied her clip into the last cannon's power core she was rewarded by an explosion that threw her back into the others.’
    • ‘I'm all for realism in gaming; nobody should be able to fire off a full clip from an automatic weapon and only make one hole.’
    • ‘The cartridges are carried in a clip in bunches of five, and these are carried in small leather pouches attached to the belt, several in a pouch.’
    • ‘He replaced the empty clip in his rifle and handed his 1911 to Ideh as he passed.’
    • ‘The General hurried to his bag and returned with a Magnum handgun and several clips attached to his belt.’
    magazine, cartridge, cylinder
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verb

  • [with adverbial of place] Fasten or be fastened with a clip or clips:

    [with object] ‘she clipped on a pair of diamond earrings’
    [no object] ‘the panels simply clip on to the framework’
    • ‘He was wearing a safety harness, but it was unlikely that he had clipped it to a hook inside the window frame, Bradford Coroner's Court heard.’
    • ‘For instance, most people have identification badges which they wear around their neck or clip to their clothing.’
    • ‘The overhangs have hooks that washers can clip to as they clean.’
    • ‘Participants were seated approximately 60 cm from the monitor, and a small microphone was clipped to the front of their shirt or collar.’
    • ‘She was dressed all in black beneath the jacket, except for a pen clipped to her collar.’
    • ‘He clipped his belt to the guy in front and Leslie clipped himself to Hank.’
    • ‘The hooks clip onto the roof rack and the cords simply slide in, are pulled to the exact length and then locked in place.’
    • ‘The other day I had a ballpoint pen clipped to my trousers when I brushed past something and lost it.’
    • ‘He looked down at the watch clipped to the front of his parka.’
    • ‘Now clip a pen to the end of the ruler and thrum it again.’
    • ‘Mark turned back around and saw Robin putting her glasses on and clipping her hair back up.’
    • ‘As Tanj caught it, she noticed there were two double-ended harness hooks clipped to it.’
    • ‘Couldn't you have clipped your hair back from your face, Sylvie?’
    • ‘I was clipping my hair up, my dark hair was curled and pile on top of my head, with pearl-like pins in my hair.’
    • ‘I will be clipped into the hang glider with my right hand on his left shoulder.’
    • ‘Only if it clips around my waist, I felt like saying.’
    • ‘Nylon loops for clipping extra carabiners and attaching equipment like quickdraws and hexes. - W.Y.’
    • ‘A small attachment is left poking through the gum and dentures or bridges can be screwed or clipped onto this attachment.’
    • ‘The stylus is cleverly clipped into the right side so that it doesn't fall out easily.’
    • ‘He also had light gray hair and was wearing a white over jacket with pens clipped to the right pocket on it.’
    • ‘She slid a plastic clipboard across the counter and clipped a pen to the side.’
    fasten, attach, fix, affix, hold, join, connect, secure
    pin, staple, tack
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Origin

Old English clyppan (verb), of West Germanic origin. The noun use dates from the late 15th century.

Pronunciation:

clip

/klɪp/

Main definitions of clip in English

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clip2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Cut short or trim (hair, vegetation, etc.) with shears or scissors:

    ‘I was clipping the hedge’
    • ‘Small razor-blade-type cutters clip the grass a little at a time.’
    • ‘Although box and yews can be clipped into formal shapes, most shade plants appear at home in that naturalistic setting.’
    • ‘We helped set up the milking equipment after the cows were all back in their pen, led the goats out for a run around the yard, and clipped the leaves on the trees.’
    • ‘Before applying a film dressing clip excess hair around the wound site, if desired or per facility protocol, to ensure proper adhesion.’
    • ‘The morning of surgery, a trained patient care assistant clipped patients' hair in their rooms.’
    • ‘All subjects were required to remove their jewelry and clip their fingernails to less than a 1-mm free edge.’
    • ‘Though slow to get going, once established, hollies are low-maintenance plants that tolerate hard pruning if needed and can be clipped and trimmed to a specific shape.’
    • ‘With just the push of a safety button and press of a trigger, the dual blades clip the grass instantly.’
    • ‘Herbs, such as germander and santolina, can be clipped into low hedges to create a knot garden.’
    • ‘A good time to clip a holly hedge into shape is in the early spring (it can also be lightly clipped in late summer), just before the new season's growth emerges.’
    • ‘He attempts to rub away the graffiti on his mother's tombstone and takes out a pair of scissors to clip the grass on her grave.’
    • ‘And begin clipping your hedge just before it reaches the required height.’
    • ‘The magnolias are clipped into pyramids and underplanted with topiary balls that will eventually meld into each other to create a cloud hedge.’
    • ‘All participants will be happy to know that the hedges have been clipped and the potholes are filled all ready for a great evening out.’
    • ‘Some of them have big beards and long hair, whilst others clip their hair short or shave the head, merely allowing a tuft to remain on the crown as a sign that they are Christians.’
    • ‘This will make clipping the edges much less of a chore for the rest of the season.’
    • ‘The statues and trees looked tiny from up high, as did the hedges that had been clipped into elaborate shapes by the skilled gardeners, into birds and animals.’
    • ‘The next ritual was clipping the hedge and mowing the lawn.’
    • ‘So great was the attention to detail that gardeners at Kimber clipped hedges with nail scissors.’
    • ‘They are very amenable to this sort of treatment and the resulting new growth can be clipped into simple egg shapes or cubes, for example.’
    trim, cut, cut short, cut shorter, snip, prune, shorten, crop, shear, shave, pare
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    1. 1.1 Trim or remove the hair or wool of (an animal):
      ‘we explain how to clip your horse’
      • ‘Instead of clipping the body, owners groom their show dog's back coats by hand, using stripping knives and pumice stones.’
      • ‘The sight of farmers clipping their sheep is another traditional rural sight which is becoming gradually less common.’
      • ‘He combed and clipped his animals, making not-quite-perfect animals look perfect.’
      • ‘It is possible to clip your own dog with a pair of hairdresser's scissors.’
      • ‘Often they will visit your home, bathe and clip the animal for you and show you how to effectively groom the cat yourself to avoid recurrent problems.’
      • ‘He said the vet had concluded that the dog had not been clipped for six months, and the coat had been severely matted.’
      • ‘The farmer pointed out that the sheep had to be clipped whatever happened to the wool and so the new scheme, which guarantees 50 pence per kilo, would at least cover the cost of packing up the wool.’
      • ‘Farmers, who had to clip their sheep anyway at a cost of 50 pence per animal, would be paid for doing so, and would not be forced to burn the wool.’
      • ‘If possible, bathe and clip your horse the day before you need to leave.’
    2. 1.2clip something off Cut off a thing or part of a thing with shears or scissors:
      ‘Philip clipped off another piece of wire’
      figurative ‘she clipped nearly two seconds off the world record’
      • ‘Dr Roger Bannister clipped a second off the world record in a legendary 1954 race in Oxford.’
      • ‘They climb on leaf blades and clip them off, causing the blades to fall unconsumed to the ground.’
      • ‘Then he pounds a stake in the ground as close to the main stem as possible, and clips the tip off the single stem that is left.’
      • ‘What I do is clip the blooms off once they are spent, and just leave the tops alone until they are yellow and wilted.’
      • ‘On his last outing he drove like a man possessed and clipped a tenth off the Brazilian's time to ensure an all-Ferrari barrier at the start of the race.’
      • ‘When this new growth reaches a height of 3 to 4 feet, clip the tip off, this will force it to start putting on lateral branches.’
      • ‘After the flower fades, clip it off, leaving the green foliage.’
      • ‘And Jenny Addison was pushed all the way to clip one second off the previous record - the margin by which she beat Rossendale's Katie Ireland.’
      • ‘Suddenly Mrs Brown catches sight of Florence's head of luxuriant hair under her bonnet and is gripped by the lust to clip the tresses off and sell them.’
      • ‘A commercial Christmas tree starts out like any other conifer, but the tips of both its leader and lateral branches are clipped off.’
      • ‘Geraldine finished third in Paris in yet another personal best of 4.02.08, clipping a second off her PB in Brussels, which only saw her finish in sixth place.’
      • ‘Her immediate goal is to clip another second off the 1500.’
    3. 1.3 Cut (a section) from a newspaper or periodical:
      ‘a photograph clipped from a magazine’
      • ‘When she could no longer write newsy notes to a long list of friends, she clipped photos out of the Montrose newspaper and sorted them into envelopes for Paul to mail.’
      • ‘Like all good teachers, he was fond of real world examples; he would often clip newspaper articles and bring them to class.’
      • ‘I suggest that you clip this article and keep it with your bird feeding equipment so that you can refer to it from time to time.’
      • ‘I was nine when she died clipping coupons at the kitchen table on a sweltering day.’
      • ‘Actually, that's not even reason enough to clip a coupon.’
      • ‘The usual scam is to clip photographs from magazines and sell enlargements of them.’
      • ‘The couple had already been through the building process, and Jan clips photos of rooms she likes out of magazines, so coming up with ideas for the new structure was easy.’
      • ‘Collect and clip photographs of kitchens or bathrooms that appeal to you.’
      • ‘You can add pieces by hitting the ‘add’ button, and you can clip sections, links, forms, or pages.’
      • ‘But experts report that discount-happy diners are clipping coupons and scouting for values to lower their restaurant tabs.’
      • ‘She also told me that she's about to start dating a very rich man who doesn't have much of an occupation other than clipping coupons.’
      • ‘I have a team of volunteers who clip the newspaper articles for any case, anywhere, in any police station, in any hospital.’
      • ‘We clip newspaper articles showing lengthy sentences for repeat offenders.’
      • ‘The picture of Celly that he pulled out was old and grainy, but it helped to focus him, and always had ever since he had clipped it from a newspaper years ago.’
      • ‘Some years ago, Hendley's youngest son, Bart, clipped a newspaper article reminiscing about the game and sent it by mail to Koufax.’
      • ‘In this way a user can clip the section of a Web page that they are interested in (say a price, or some details which they will need to refer to later).’
      • ‘I clipped the newspaper article along with the letter.’
      remove, cut out, snip out, detach, extract, tear out
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    4. 1.4 Illicitly pare the edge of (a coin):
      ‘they clipped the edges of gold coins and melted the clippings down’
      • ‘This particular logic of value resembles that argued by John Locke in the face of ‘coin clipping,’ the illicit shaving of silver from coins.’
      • ‘In olden days, crooks used to shave or clip the edges of coins and then sell the shavings to a disreputable goldsmith or silversmith.’
      • ‘Counterfeiting or clipping the coinage was regarded as a heinous crime.’
      • ‘And much as the Roman Empire had clipped their coins to create more money, the Fed was already undermining the gold standard.’
    5. 1.5British Remove a small piece of (a bus or train ticket) to show that it has been used.
      • ‘The guard clipped the tickets, smiled and waved them through quickly.’
      • ‘I asked him why he hadn't pointed this out when he clipped our tickets.’
      • ‘The ticket inspector came round, and as he clipped my ticket, he asked if the walkman had a radio.’
      • ‘‘Enjoy your film,’ the attendants say nowadays, as they clip your ticket.’
      • ‘When the guard clipped our tickets, Chris, in an attempt to solve our Saturday problem, asked innocently if they would still be going on strike on Saturday.’
    6. 1.6Computing Process (an image) so as to remove the parts outside a certain area:
      ‘once the video image is captured, it can be panned, clipped, and zoomed’
      • ‘it must be saved to the hard disk before you can clip the image.’
      • ‘If the graphic is too large for the page it will be clipped, something you almost never want.’
      • ‘There are multiple ways to clip an image, many of them use the subset command.’
    7. 1.7Electronics Truncate the amplitude of (a signal) above or below predetermined levels:
      ‘once the amplifier has boosted the signal it is clipped to provide a digital pulse’
      • ‘If the signal is clipped by the amplifier, unacceptable spectral leakage to the adjacent channels will occur.’
      • ‘Normalization is a process that increases the peak amplitude of a signal to the maximum level before clipping.’
      • ‘A traditional fuzz circuit boosts and clips the signal sufficiently to turn a standard sine wave input in to what is effectively a square wave output.’
  • 2British Strike smartly or with a glancing blow:

    ‘the car clipped the kerb’
    ‘he'll clip your ear’
    • ‘He was also one-and-a-half times over the drink drive limit and while driving he clipped a kerb and rolled the car, which skidded into roadside railings.’
    • ‘They clipped you around the ears if you got out of hand and then told your parents.’
    • ‘It blurred his vision, and soon enough, he had driven off of the road, clipping the side of an auto insurance building.’
    • ‘The warplane clipped the tops of trees lining the airfield before scraping the ground and slicing the nose off a large transport aircraft.’
    • ‘I rubbed my head where it had clipped the side of the table, feeling completely dazed and confused.’
    • ‘A woman suffered neck and back injuries after her car was clipped by a white Ford Escort van outside the Blundell Arms pub in Chorley Old Road, Bolton.’
    • ‘Her vehicle was clipped by an overtaking car and flipped upside down.’
    • ‘A man driving a Vauxhall Corsa car pulled out from a slip road and clipped the side of a lorry.’
    • ‘He had clipped a kerb earlier in his 70 mile journey when he misjudged a bend, but had not stopped to rest though he had passed several places where he could have pulled off the road to take a nap.’
    • ‘Officials say the helicopter clipped a TV tower guide wire while flying in heavy fog.’
    • ‘From the corner, Martin Neil clipped the crossbar with a rising shot from the edge of the box.’
    • ‘As he did the drop the wings of his aircraft clipped the tops of trees surrounding the homestead and the plane crashed headlong into the ground.’
    • ‘The same player was unlucky with a header from a corner which clipped the crossbar.’
    • ‘People are more fearful about shouting at people, telling them to do a job properly, clipping them round the ear.’
    • ‘People who got drunk had their ear clipped by the local bobby.’
    • ‘When he got to the middle of the road he was clipped by the car and flicked up into the air.’
    • ‘His car clipped the back of the lorry before spinning round and landing in the central reservation barrier.’
    • ‘He had clipped another car and driven off in panic.’
    • ‘The driver appeared to have lost control after his car clipped another vehicle at high speed in Sydney, Australia's biggest city.’
    • ‘A Vauxhall Corsa van, travelling on the anti-clockwise carriageway, lost control, possibly when a tyre blew, and the unladen HGV swerved to avoid a collision, clipping another lorry.’
    hit, strike, make contact with, touch, brush, graze, glance off, tap, run into, bang into, crack against, crack into
    hit, strike, cuff, smack, slap, thump, punch, knock, rap, box someone's ears
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  • 3North American informal Swindle or rob:

    ‘in all the years he ran the place, he was clipped only three times’
  • 4US informal [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move quickly:

    ‘we clip down the track’
    • ‘For nearly half an hour we clipped along at a good pace chatting and enjoying the fine scenery.’
    • ‘She clipped down the road about 10 miles over the speed limit.’
    • ‘Shoppers loved the idea of parking close to the store and quickly clipping through the aisles.’
    • ‘Thankfully, the film clips along at a steady pace and never really gets boring.’

noun

  • 1An act of clipping or trimming something:

    ‘I gave him a full clip’
    • ‘My Cocker spaniel needs a good clip for summer.’
    • ‘The hedge needs a clip and the dog could do with a bath.’
    cut, trim, crop, haircut, shortening
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    1. 1.1 The quantity of wool clipped from a sheep or flock:
      ‘a local agent will arrange for the clip to be sold at auction’
      ‘selection favoured a heavy wool clip’
      • ‘He says the wool clip in pastoral areas is much better this year than last year when the drought was in full swing and quality has markedly improved.’
      • ‘More than 50 percent of the national clip will pass through their hands.’
      • ‘Trevor says he's encouraging growers to sell parts of their clip rather than all of it as there's predictions the market will improve as demand grows.’
      • ‘Of the Australian clip, 37 per cent is sold into the Chinese market.’
      • ‘The firm handles both sheep and cattle, at one time he had over 120,000 sheep and a clip of 80,000 pounds of wood was taken annually.’
  • 2A short sequence taken from a film or broadcast:

    ‘clips from earlier shows’
    ‘a film clip’
    • ‘We showed clips of the filmmaker criticizing the media.’
    • ‘Almost all of the speakers had professional PowerPoint slides full of statistics, figures and video clips.’
    • ‘No effort was made to provide any background material, so I have no idea where any of these clips were filmed, or why.’
    • ‘Now before we begin, we're going to take a look at a clip from the upcoming episode.’
    • ‘Originally produced for Turner Classic Movies, this is a fascinating portrait of the actress, rich in film clips, interviews, and insight.’
    • ‘Before we get to chatting, we want to look at a clip of you guys in action.’
    • ‘The documentary is around 30 minutes long, and is a rambling look at the making of the film, with interviews, film clips, and behind the scenes footage.’
    • ‘A number of short film clips, featurettes and a documentary are located on Disc Two.’
    • ‘Aside from 90 seconds of behind-the-scenes clips from the film, there is nothing of any value here.’
    • ‘During editing I managed to slip in some clips from a Soviet film, The Fall of Berlin, to help frame the story.’
    • ‘You'll see some clips of it throughout the show tonight.’
    • ‘The work creates a montage from hundreds of short clips from well-known Hollywood films.’
    • ‘Some rough behind-the-scenes footage features the actors and crew at work with clips from the film inserted between the footage.’
    • ‘I've seen her in interviews and I've seen clips of that film.’
    • ‘Maybe my memory was playing tricks on me - maybe I had seen so many clips from the film and knockoffs that I assumed I'd seen it in my youth.’
    • ‘More than 500,000 people watched the Dublin city centre parade last year, while TV news clips showed the festival in more than 30 countries.’
    • ‘Both upcoming lectures will be accompanied by brief video clips from Hollywood films as an illustration.’
    • ‘Three-fourths have made a web page, and one-fourth have added moving graphics or video clips to them.’
    • ‘The last extra is a trivia game, which rewards good answers with brief clips from the film.’
    • ‘The only other extras of note here are a pair of Movietone Newsreels, which show clips from the film's New York and World Premieres.’
    • ‘What your vitriolic, unsigned, attack failed to illuminate were the facts behind Connolly's reported refusal to allow clips of his performances to be used in the BBC programme.’
    • ‘QuickTime is a versatile media player that allows you to watch movie clips, streamed media files and in its full version, edit and create your own videos.’
    extract, excerpt, snippet, selection, cutting, fragment
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  • 3British informal A smart or glancing blow:

    ‘I'd give him a clip round the ear’
    • ‘When I was at school in the 1940s I myself played up many a teacher but I knew how far to go before I got a clip round the ear.’
    • ‘Once there was a golden era when all crime was prevented by a clip round the ear from a stern but avuncular local policeman.’
    • ‘They keep me grounded, and if I ever get a bit big headed, I'm not too big for a clip round the ear!’
    • ‘He kept law and order by giving the pilferer a clip round the ear.’
    • ‘Not so long ago minor misdemeanours were dealt with by a short, sharp, shock like a clip round the ear.’
    smack, cuff, slap, thump, punch, box, knock, rap
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  • 4informal [in singular] A specified speed or rate of movement, especially when rapid:

    ‘we crossed the dance floor at an amazingly fast clip’
    • ‘The price of the American home in the third quarter rose almost 10 percent at the fastest clip in 23 years.’
    • ‘The National Association of Counties recently formed a Rural Action Caucus, which is growing at a healthy clip.’
    • ‘Walking for 20 minutes at a fast clip will help a 150-pound person burn 132 calories.’
    • ‘The flick has been receiving raves stateside, and the soundtrack has sold at an impressive clip so cross your fingers and hope that it turns up here in the not to distant future at one of our art houses.’
    • ‘With more companies now looking to hire, workers are seeing their pay rise at a rapid clip.’
    • ‘In recent times, however, voices have grown in the investment community that the Chinese economy would be heating at a faster clip than previously thought.’
    • ‘That wouldn't be practical or even appealing for a broadcast station that has to move their newscasts along at a faster clip and does not have the time or resources.’
    • ‘Don't be surprised that things start moving at a rapid clip right from the start.’
    • ‘I followed him through the crooked streets at a fast clip, periodically almost running to catch up.’
    • ‘He was perhaps too carried away with the fevered pitch of the movement, taking it at too quick a clip.’
    • ‘The nine still conscious members of Unit 9 ran at a full clip straight down the hallway, engaging in a mad dash toward the east exit.’
    • ‘The racehorse continued at a dazzling clip, storming through a half-mile in a sizzling: 43.34.’
    • ‘He walked ahead at a fast clip, still trying to get his heart to slow down.’
    • ‘We've left behind the smaller highway and merged onto an Interstate, the miles sliding by now at a rapid clip.’
    • ‘Wireless networks are growing at a fast clip because they solve problems for both administrators and caregivers.’
    • ‘As companies move at a rapid clip, employees are seeing the scope of their positions expand to keep pace.’
    • ‘After this project, work began to flow at a fast clip.’
    • ‘Moreover, the backlog of unfilled orders, after shrinking for three years, is growing again at a rapid clip.’
    • ‘It's also growing at the fastest clip, with double-digit increases every year.’
    • ‘This was because of fears of inflation rising at a fast clip.’
    speed, rate, pace, velocity, tempo, momentum
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Phrases

  • at a clip

    • informal At a time; all at once:

      ‘I spent several days with him, eight hours at a clip’
      • ‘Training sessions were to be long, very long, 6-8 hours at a clip sometimes, but I felt very fortunate to be allowed such access.’
      • ‘Veteran eater Conti used the sprint as well, but defined his by quantity, not time, speed-eating six matzo balls at a clip.’
      • ‘We will focus on the small, mister-style heads first, knocking off 20 or so at a clip, then tackle the larger leaks later.’
      • ‘I saw her twice a year, two weeks at a clip but now she can see me always.’
      • ‘Because my family and I can only go for about six hours at a clip before engaging in some massive argument, it didn't seem worth the $300 for me to fly home.’
  • clip the wings of

    • 1Trim the feathers of (a bird) so as to disable it from flight.

      • ‘His first day, he had to clip the wings of a flock of geese.’
      • ‘The owner had forgotten to clip the wings of the bird.’
      • ‘Further charges under the Summary Offences Act are also expected to be laid for ill-treatment of animals, importing animals without written permission from the chief game warden and clipping the wings of the protected birds.’
      • ‘Many owners have lost beloved pets because they failed to clip the wings of a parrot that never had a tendency to fly before.’
      1. 1.1Prevent (someone) from acting freely; check the aspirations of:
        ‘he finally clipped the wings of his high-flying chief of staff’
        • ‘Scottish Labour MPs at Westminster, keen to clip the wings of the Scottish parliament by cutting the number of MSPs, were warned by their party leadership yesterday to back off in ‘the interests of stability’.’
        • ‘The distinguished and learned French scholar must have been delighted to clip the wings of his long-time British rivals.’
        • ‘But the move to allow the removal of sensitive data on ‘national security’ grounds, and possibly clip the wings of scientists in future, was made at a meeting of the National Academy of Sciences in the US earlier this year.’
        • ‘When club rules clip the wings of promising youngsters rather than offering them a launch pad, can we really criticise Britain's up-and-coming athletes for not making the grade?’
        • ‘No-hopers Kerry turned the league form on its head at Hollymount on Saturday by clipping the wings of league hopefuls Mayo.’
        • ‘But JP Morgan warned that the government would clip the wings of merged companies to stop them steamrollering over their sector.’
        • ‘Many people see this as clipping the wings of the student movement in British Columbia, or even as a form of dividing and conquering students.’
        • ‘The Waterloo Warriors men's basketball team is ready to clip the wings of Canada's best team this weekend.’
        • ‘Behind his words is a major reform programme that has clipped the wings of tycoons and corrupt regional governors, as well as simplifying the tax and trade rules.’
        • ‘Such public scrutiny is in keeping with America's policy of open government and it has also served to clip the wings of committee chairmen.’
        restrict someone's freedom, check, curb, impose limits on, set limits on, keep within bounds, keep under control, obstruct, impede, frustrate, thwart, stand in the way of, fetter, hamstring
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Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse klippa, probably imitative.

Pronunciation:

clip

/klɪp/