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nip

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1 the quality or state of being stimulating to the mind or senses
  • the barbecue sauce has a nip to it that balances out the sweetness

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3 an uncomfortable degree of coolness
  • there's a nip in the air today

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nip

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the portion of a serving of a beverage that is swallowed at one time
  • give me just a nip of milk to help me swallow this pill

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nip

verb

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1 to make (something) shorter or smaller with the use of a cutting instrument
  • I'm just going to nip these hedges, and then I'll be done with the work outside

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2 to squeeze tightly between two surfaces, edges, or points
  • the puppy nipped her hand while playing

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3 to take (something) without right and with an intent to keep
  • that guy nipped my wallet from the restaurant table when I turned away

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The first known use of nip was in the 15th century

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“Nip.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/nip. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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