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

slip up

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slipped up; slipping up; slips up

intransitive verb

: to make a mistake : blunder

Examples of slipup in a Sentence

Noun We were late because of a slipup in the schedule. the marketing director made sure there were no slipups for the important presentation Verb if you slip up in copying the data, the final result will of course be wrong
Recent Examples on the Web
In another slipup, Snake developers forgot to scrub the finished code for a new version of programming artifacts. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 10 May 2023 The work from May was focused on reducing the logical slipups made by large language models (LLMs). Will Knight, WIRED, 30 Nov. 2023 But a new postmortem published by the company on Wednesday explains a chain of slipups and oversights that allowed the improbable attack. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, 7 Sep. 2023 In another major slipup, Equifax’s public relations team directed users to the wrong site multiple times, instructing concerned customers to check instead. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 18 Aug. 2023 The following day, a clip of his slipup spread on social media. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2023 On the stage, a single slipup spells disaster. Matthew Hutson, WSJ, 7 Aug. 2022 Normally, there is a slipup. Ryan Prior, CNN, 24 May 2021 His one slipup? Gaby Scelzo, Bon Appétit, 3 Dec. 2020
Democrats say the president effectively batted down speculation about his age (81 years old) with a forceful State of the Union address earlier this year, but strategists conceded that a slip up at one of the debates could reignite the worries. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 15 May 2024 Barring any major slip up or knockout blow, though, the debates could barely nudge the electoral needle. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 15 May 2024 The scheme: steal boats from their slips up and down the coast, disguise them and rename them for sale to unsuspecting buyers. Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 There are 13 games left and much can still happen, but Bayern's title hopes now rest on Leverkusen slipping up. James Ellingworth, USA TODAY, 13 Feb. 2024 But if Tampa Bay (8-8) slips up at Carolina (2-14), the winner of the Falcons-Saints game will win the NFC South. Brett Martel, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2024 Iran, which won the competition three times in a row from 1968 to 1976, never looked like slipping up against the Palestinian team after taking a 2-0 lead inside 12 minutes at Education City Stadium on its way to a resounding win. James Robson, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2024 The only exceptions are when a thief slips up and does something dumb (like attempt to sell a distinctive rack), or when an honest antler dealer or pawn shop broker calls in a suspicious item. Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 29 Feb. 2024 If the Jaguars slip up, the Texans-Colts winner takes the crown. Rob Maaddi, USA TODAY, 2 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slipup was in 1854

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“Slipup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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1 of 2 noun
slip·​up ˈslip-ˌəp How to pronounce slipup (audio)

slip up

2 of 2 verb
: to make a mistake : blunder
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