One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in leather-making) the hide of a young or small animal.
hide, pelt, fleeceView synonyms
- ‘Now with flawless tight grain kip skin leather and the best Pro Patterns, these gloves are sure to be the new industry benchmark.’
- ‘Leather made from kips generally has a fine, tight fibre.’
- 1.1 A set or bundle of kips.
Late Middle English: perhaps related to Middle Dutch kip, kijp ‘bundle (of hides)’.
The basic monetary unit of Laos, equal to 100 ats.
- ‘All seven men were also ordered to pay 11 million kip each as compensation to the family of the victim, said the sources.’
- ‘Wide fluctuations began in 1998, when the kip was valued at about 6,200 to the U.S. dollar.’
- ‘The National Tourism Authority of Laos predicted that 743,000 visitors would bring 107 billion kip into the local economy.’
- ‘The value of the kip plummeted from around 800 to the dollar in 1997 to around 7,500 kip to the dollar today (it went over 10,000 at one point).’
A unit of weight equal to 1,000 lb (453.6 kg).
- ‘‘Lower design yield strengths of forty kips per square inch for reinforcement were used for the design of exterior exposed concrete elements to account for the effects of long-term corrosion,’ explains Youssef.’
- ‘The fact is that the most common aluminum structural alloy, 6061-T6, has a minimum yield strength of 35 kips per square inch, which is almost equal to that of A36 steel.’
Early 20th century: probably from ki- in kilo- + p- in pound.
1British A sleep or nap.‘I might have a little kip’mass noun ‘he was trying to get some kip’
nap, doze, rest, siesta, drowse, catnapView synonyms
- ‘Little surprise that a survey has found that, given the chance of an extra hour in bed, most working men would rather have a kip than make love.’
- ‘Then I would make my way back to somewhere I could catch the coach back to Oxford, and try to get a bit of kip on the journey.’
- ‘And, having murdered sleep through killing a king, Hicks shoots his wife the wintriest of smiles when she later recommends a good night's kip.’
- ‘I thought to myself that a long period on a coach trying to pass out with the aid of many tins of Stella and the least comfy seats in showbiz might result in some kip.’
- ‘Finally I drifted off to sleep at about 3am, and, between then and the first mobile phone ringing at 5.45 am, I must have had, when you tot it all up, a good hour and a half's kip.’
- ‘Though you've still been on the road for four or five hours to reach the ferry port, your time clock says you are ready for some kip, so you sleep like a baby, arriving before France really wakes up, refreshed and prepared for a long drive.’
- ‘To be sure that we're going to get a decent kip every night and not be harassed by a bed partner who makes repeated attempts at foreplay.’
- ‘Anyhow, if we've finished playing Juke Box Jury now, I fancy getting some kip, if you don't mind.’
- ‘But as anyone knows, if you lie down and have a forty minute kip in the aisle of a supermarket, the manager will think you are a mentalist and tell you to move on.’
- ‘I don't want to push my luck and may just get some kip from 6pm onwards.’
- ‘So that lunchtime kip under your desk is entirely justified.’
- ‘But I'm not made of such stern stuff and to fortify me for the festivities I'm off to my hotel for a few hours' kip.’
- ‘After a while I found myself hit by a wave of fatigue, paranoia and depression, but an hour's kip and a wander round the shops worked wonders.’
- ‘Lo and behold out of the surf popped a little critter, and he proceeded to waddle up the beach and then up the banking for a bit of kip.’
- ‘That's one way to get some kip on the plane, leave your child in an airport.’
- ‘Two hours of kip caught, that gives me precisely 24 minutes to shower, coffee, dress, tackle the bags and shadows, then jog breathlessly to work.’
- ‘I was just trying to get a few minutes kip, so I could function with some level of intelligence the rest of the afternoon…’
- ‘And these days I hear you can get a better night's kip on an overnight flight to Hong Kong than you do in a budget airport hotel.’
- ‘I feel that if I want to have a good night's kip, I shouldn't be trying to do it in the middle of the nightly entertainment zone.’
- ‘It was all I could do to get back to work to escape the nappies, the din and get back onto night shifts where I could turn in a decent bit of kip.’
- 1.1Scottish A bed.
bunk, bed, bunk bed, cot, couch, hammockView synonyms
- ‘Usually when he arrived home with his ‘AA cronies’, as Mary called them, she'd be in her kip.’
- ‘I think I heard Steven Frail saying there's a virus flooring a lot of the players. Eggert puked this morning and is in his kip!’
2Irish An unpleasant, dirty, or sordid place.‘he couldn't get a start in this kip of a city’
- ‘If these reforms go through much of the countryside will go back to being a barren kip.’
- ‘Now the only negative thing was that we stayed the night at the top to see the famed sunrise in the morning but the hotel we stayed at was a kip and I hardly got any sleep.’
- ‘Jaysus, but what a kip it was inside Mack's cottage!’
verbkipped, kipping, kips[no object]British
Sleep.‘he can kip on her sofa’
relax, take a rest, ease off, ease up, let up, slow down, pause, have a break, take a break, unbend, repose, laze, idle, loaf, do nothing, take time off, slack off, unwind, recharge one's batteries, be at leisure, take it easy, sit back, sit down, stand down, lounge, luxuriate, loll, slump, flop, put one's feet up, lie down, go to bed, have a nap, take a nap, nap, catnap, doze, have a siesta, take a siesta, drowse, sleepView synonyms
- ‘Now at this stage I was all for kipping on the floor of the family room, rather than leave my poor, unprotected wife in the hands of evil maternity ward goons.’
- ‘In Japanese style, we just piled into the room and kipped on the floor, no beds, no mats, no nothing.’
- ‘I was back from Germany for a few weeks and was kipping for a couple of nights on the sofa in the place that my ex-housemates were now sharing with my ex-girlfriend (we're still friendly so it wasn't a problem).’
- ‘Hi mate, you know you said I could kip over any time I'm in London?’
- ‘Brother-in-law, by now, had already slipped out, so I had a little shut-eye myself, waking to find my beloved still kipping.’
Mid 18th century (in the sense ‘brothel’): perhaps related to Danish kippe ‘hovel, tavern’.
(in Australia) a small piece of wood from which coins are spun in the game of two-up.
- ‘Simon placed two coins on the ‘kip’ and flicked them high in the air.’
- ‘The boxer or manager of the game sat with his coins, kips, string and money tray in the place where he could view the whole ring clearly.’
Late 19th century: perhaps related to Irish cipin ‘small stick, dibble’.
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