Definition of a slip of a — in US English:

a slip of a —


  • Used to denote a small, slim person.

    ‘you are little more than a slip of a girl’
    • ‘You slighted me as if I were but a mere slip of a child you could send to her room!’
    • ‘It was far too much horse for a slip of a girl, and yet as she gathered up the reins and nudged the animal forward, she seemed effortlessly in control.’
    • ‘At 19 years of age Paolo is a small slip of a boy and he seemed nervous of talking too much to the crowds.’
    • ‘A slip of a boy, he was short, and at age 12, just 63 pounds.’
    small, slender, slim, slight, slightly built, petite, little, tiny, diminutive, elfin, dainty, delicate, frail
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