clip·​ping | \ ˈkli-piŋ How to pronounce clipping (audio) \

Definition of clipping

: something that is clipped off or out of something else grass clippings especially : an item clipped from a publication

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As transcripts, recordings and newspaper clippings show, Bolles seemed to develop a soft spot for the man known as Skippy., "Don Bolles files: The case of Skippy Brazil, the drug informant who was set on fire," 28 Aug. 2019 The union’s chief is asking for an apology, better news clipping procedures, and a review of safety measures for immigration judges. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Department of Justice Distributes a Memo to Immigration Court Employees With a Link to A White Supremacist Site: raceAhead," 23 Aug. 2019 Efforts have involved clipping off small branches of large existing corals and moving them to new areas. Amanda Paulson, The Christian Science Monitor, "No light, no problem: The improbable wonders of deep-sea coral," 2 Aug. 2019 The coupon-clipping feature has been expanded into a whole grocery service, which flags deals from stores such as Safeway and Dollar General and gives Yahoo email users the ability to store them on frequent-shopper cards. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Work Ruined Email," 2 Aug. 2019 On the fourth descent practicing takeoffs and landings, the plane landed a little less than 1,000 feet from the runway, clipping trees and rolling along a field until a collision with a tree stump engulfed it in flames. Steve Borelli, USA TODAY, "Forty years later, Thurman Munson's legacy remains story," 1 Aug. 2019 Before the plea deal was finalized, authorities used modern methods to retest evidence stored at a Richmond police locker, including various swabs from Vasquez’s autopsy, as well as her fingernail clippings and dentures. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Contra Costa DA’s number two resigns, says handling of murder cases ‘made me sick inside’," 2 July 2019 Most were newspaper clippings published between 1880 and 1921, material that was originally in the public domain. Laura Dean, The New Yorker, "The Threat of War Brings New Fears to an American Hostage in Iran," 24 June 2019 His wife, Gertrude, kept newspaper clippings chronicling his swift ascent through the managerial ranks of Raytheon. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Raytheon’s Thomas Phillips: The CEO Who Refused to Tell His Own Story," 18 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of clipping

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of clipping

chiefly US : something (such as an article or a picture) that has been cut out of a newspaper or magazine
: a small piece that has been cut off of something


clip·​ping | \ ˈkli-piŋ How to pronounce clipping (audio) \

Kids Definition of clipping

: something cut out or off grass clippings a magazine clipping

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