slip·​up | \ ˈslip-ˌəp How to pronounce slipup (audio) \

Definition of slipup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : mistake
2 : mischance

slip up

slipped up; slipping up; slips up

Definition of slip up (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a mistake : blunder

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Examples of slipup in a Sentence


We were late because of a slipup in the schedule. the marketing director made sure there were no slipups for the important presentation


if you slip up in copying the data, the final result will of course be wrong
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are living it up in Paris ahead of their second wedding ceremony, which is apparently just days away (thanks to a slipup from Dr. Phil). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner, Priyanka Chopra, Joe Jonas, and Nick Jonas Cannot Be Bothered on Their Parisian Cruise," 24 June 2019 These slipups could contribute to foodborne illness as well. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "Should You Be Washing Chicken Before You Cook It?," 10 Apr. 2019 Just one more slipup, a night where the ball squirts out of the basket, where his players are a little too careless or where their opponents are just too hot, and all of it ends. Dan Woike,, "Rockets take an edge despite an injury to Paul, but Warriors' Kerr doesn’t sound like a guy on brink of losing his title," 25 May 2018 In fact, this was just one item on the embarrassingly long laundry list of slipups in our first few months together. Anayo Awuzie, The Cut, "The Struggle of Learning How to Be a Girlfriend for the First Time," 19 Apr. 2018 Regardless of Dyson’s slipup, each member of the trio still boasts an ERA under 3.00. Ethan Bauer, miamiherald, "This Florida Gators baseball player is on track to be the best hitter is UF history | Miami Herald," 3 Apr. 2018 To be clear, such strictness would be reasonable if avoiding slight slipups were a defining characteristic of the competition—for example, in sports like diving or figure skating—but that is not the case in long- and middle-distance running. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "It's Time to Change the Rules of Track and Field," 28 Mar. 2018 During a media briefing Tuesday, top agency officials attributed part of problem to factory slipups such as valves damaged by an improper solvent or a heater that was mistakenly overstressed and needed to be replaced. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "NASA Delays James Webb Space Telescope By About a Year," 27 Mar. 2018 The Panthers went more than two months without a slipup against a bad team, feasting on the dregs of the Eastern Conference to climb up the standings and join the playoff picture. Matthew Defranks,, "The Next Day Look: Ottawa Senators 5, Florida Panthers 3," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of slipup


1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of slipup was in 1854

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English Language Learners Definition of slipup

: a careless mistake

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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