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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After the fourth or fifth slipup, Chris interrupted Khalilzad. Michael Ames, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2021 Instead, the inning kept going, and Jace Peterson broke a 2-2 tie with a single off Jose Alvarez, a rare slipup for the lefty, who had been a magician of late. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Sep. 2021 With so much of the global economy—and global geopolitics—suddenly rotating around it, however, the consequences of any slipup could be severe. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 15 July 2021 Thought bubble: Biden’s slipup in the heat of the moment shows he is concerned about throwing olive branches to the left in order to energize young people that dominate Sanders’ base of support. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, 16 Mar. 2020 The media sometimes calls these gaffes, or slipups. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 18 Sep. 2019 The media sometimes calls these gaffes, or slipups. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 18 Sep. 2019 The media sometimes calls these gaffes, or slipups. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 18 Sep. 2019 Despite the fourth-quarter slipup, the Huskies ended the evening limiting Vanderbilt to 38 percent shooting and forcing 23 turnovers, one more than the number of baskets the Commodores made from the field. Alexa Philippou,, 13 Nov. 2019

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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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21 Sep 2021

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“Slipup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slipup

: a careless mistake


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