slip1 W2S3 [slıp] v past tense and past participle slipped present participle slipping
1¦(fall or slide)¦
2¦(go somewhere)¦
3¦(put something somewhere)¦
4¦(give something to somebody)¦
7¦(get worse)¦
8¦(change condition)¦
11 slip your mind/memory
12 let something slip
13¦(get free)¦
14 slip through the net
15 let something slip (through your fingers)
16 slip one over on somebody
17 slip a disc/disk
Phrasal verbs
 slip away
 slip something<=>in
 slip out
 slip up
[Date: 1200-1300; : Middle Dutch; Origin: Middle Low German slippen]
to slide a short distance accidentally, and fall or lose your balance slightly
Wright slipped but managed to keep hold of the ball.
slip on
He slipped on the ice.
[i]see usage noteslide1
2.) ¦(GO SOMEWHERE)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to go somewhere, without attracting other people's attention
= ↑slide
Ben slipped quietly out of the room.
One man managed to slip from the club as police arrived.
3.) ¦(PUT SOMETHING SOMEWHERE)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to put something somewhere quietly or smoothly
= ↑slide
Ann slipped the book into her bag.
A letter had been slipped under his door.
Carrie slipped her arm through her brother's.
to give someone something secretly or without attracting much attention
slip sb sth
I slipped him a ten-dollar bill to keep quiet.
slip sth to sb
Carr slips the ball to King who scores easily.
5.) ¦(MOVE)¦
to move smoothly, especially off or from something
As he bent over, the towel round his waist slipped.
slip off/down/from etc
He watched the sun slip down behind the mountains.
The ring had slipped off Julia's finger.
Cally slipped from his grasp and fled.
6.) ¦(KNIFE)¦ [I]
if a knife or other tool slips, it moves so that it accidentally cuts the wrong thing
The knife slipped and cut his finger.
7.) ¦(GET WORSE)¦ [I]
to become worse or lower than before
Standards have slipped in many parts of the industry.
His popularity slipped further after a series of scandals.
You're slipping, Doyle! You need a holiday.
8.) ¦(CHANGE CONDITION)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to gradually start being in a particular condition
= ↑fall slip into
He had begun to slip into debt.
She slipped into unconsciousness and died the next day.
The project has slipped behind schedule.
9.) ¦(CLOTHES)¦ [I,T always + adverb/preposition]
to put a piece of clothing on your body or take it off your body quickly and smoothly
slip sth off/on
Peter was already at the door slipping on his shoes.
slip into/out of
She slipped out of her clothes and stepped into the shower.
10.)¦(TIME)¦ [I, always + adverb/preposition]
if time slips away, past etc it passes quickly
slip away/past/by
The search for the missing child continued, but time was slipping away.
The hours slipped past almost unnoticed.
11.) slip your mind/memory
if something slips your mind, you forget it
I meant to buy some milk, but it completely slipped my mind.
12.) let sth slip
to say something without meaning to, when you had wanted it to be a secret
He let it slip that they were planning to get married.
13.) ¦(GET FREE)¦ [T]
to get free from something that was holding you
The dog slipped his collar and ran away.
14.) slip through the net
[i]BrE slip through the cracks AmE
if someone or something slips through the net, they are not caught or dealt with by the system that is supposed to catch them or deal with them
In a class of 30 children, it is easy for one to slip through the net and learn nothing.
15.) let sth slip (through your fingers)
to not take an opportunity, offer etc
Don't let a chance like that slip through your fingers!
16.) slip one over on sb
informal especially AmE to deceive or play a trick on someone
17.) slip a disc/disk
to suffer an injury when one of the connecting parts between the bones in your back moves out of place
slip away phr v
1.) to leave a place secretly or without anyone noticing
2.) if something such as an opportunity slips away, it is no longer available
This time, Radford did not let her chance slip away.
slip in [slip sth<=>in] phr v
to use a word or say something without attracting too much attention
He had slipped in a few jokes to liven the speech up.
slip out phr v
if something slips out, you say it without really intending to
I didn't mean to say it. The words slipped out.
slip up phr v
to make a mistake
The company apologized for slipping up so badly.
slip up on
Someone had slipped up on the order.
slip 2
slip2 n
3 slip of the tongue/pen
4 give somebody the slip
6¦(getting worse)¦
8 a slip of a girl/boy etc
[Sense: 1,8; Date: 1400-1500; : Middle Dutch; Origin: Middle Low German slippe 'split, slit, flap']
[Sense: 2-7, 9; Date: 1400-1500; Origin: SLIP1]
[Sense: 10; Origin: Old English slypa 'slime']
1.) ¦(PAPER)¦
a small or narrow piece of paper
a slip of paper
an order slip
a betting slip
2.) ¦(MISTAKE)¦
a small mistake
Molly knew she could not afford to make a single slip .
3.) slip of the tongue/pen
a small mistake you make when you are speaking or writing, especially by using the wrong word
It was just a slip of the tongue.
4.) give sb the slip informal
to escape from someone who is chasing you
Somehow she'd given them the slip.
5.) ¦(CLOTHING)¦
a piece of underwear, similar to a thin dress or skirt, that a woman wears under a dress or skirt
a white silk slip
6.) ¦(GETTING WORSE)¦ [C usually singular]
an occasion when something becomes worse or lower
slip in
a slip in house prices
7.) ¦(SLIDE)¦
an act of sliding a short distance or of falling by sliding
8.) a slip of a girl/boy etc
old-fashioned a small thin young person - often used humorously
9.) ¦(CRICKET)¦ [C usually plural]
a part of the field where players stand, trying to catch the ball in ↑cricket
technical a mixture of clay and water that is used for decorating pots

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