One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a remark) be uttered inadvertently.‘the question slipped out before I'd considered the wisdom of it’
- ‘I clenched my teeth together to prevent any spontaneous remark from slipping out.’
- ‘No matter how deep in denial he is, sometimes the truth slips out.’
- ‘I ask the question actors should never ask, the taboo, but like some awful knee-jerk reaction it slips out.’
- ‘Sometimes, I guess, when I dress it up in sarcasm and with a wide grin like I'm playing about, something almost truthful slips out, but no one ever takes it at face value.’
- ‘Then it just sort of slipped out that the family friend happened to be the Maharajah of Jodhpur.’
- ‘The remark had slipped out before she could stop it, but she didn't bother taking it back.’
- ‘They don't have the slightest idea of anything sensible to say, so a formidable quote always slips out.’
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