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slip

verb

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(Entry 1 of 3)

1 to decline gradually from a standard level
  • the store's quality of service began to slip after the new owners took over

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2 to go down from an upright position suddenly and involuntarily
  • be careful not to slip on the spilled oil

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3 to introduce in a gradual, secret, or clever way
  • casually slipped it into the conversation

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4 to move about in a sly or secret manner
  • slipped behind the cover of the trees

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5 to move or proceed smoothly and readily
  • jumped into the car and slipped behind the wheel

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6 to cast (a natural bodily covering or appendage) aside
  • periodically crabs slip their shells and grow new ones

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Synonyms of slip (Entry 2 of 3)

a long narrow piece of material
  • baskets woven from slips of wicker

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Synonyms & Antonyms of slip (Entry 3 of 3)

2 the act of going down from an upright position suddenly and involuntarily
  • had a nasty slip on the ice

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3 the act or an instance of getting free from danger or confinement
  • gave her pursuers the slip

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4 a wrong judgment
  • that's not the sort of slip that a prudent person would have made

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Frequently Asked Questions About slip

How does the noun slip differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of slip are blunder, error, lapse, and mistake. While all these words mean "a departure from what is true, right, or proper," slip stresses inadvertence or accident and applies especially to trivial but embarrassing mistakes.

a slip of the tongue

When is it sensible to use blunder instead of slip?

The meanings of blunder and slip largely overlap; however, blunder regularly imputes stupidity or ignorance as a cause and connotes some degree of blame.

diplomatic blunders

When is error a more appropriate choice than slip?

In some situations, the words error and slip are roughly equivalent. However, error suggests the existence of a standard or guide and a straying from the right course through failure to make effective use of this.

procedural errors

When would lapse be a good substitute for slip?

The synonyms lapse and slip are sometimes interchangeable, but lapse stresses forgetfulness, weakness, or inattention as a cause.

a lapse in judgment

When can mistake be used instead of slip?

The words mistake and slip are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, mistake implies misconception or inadvertence and usually expresses less criticism than error.

dialed the wrong number by mistake

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The first known use of slip was in the 14th century

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28 May 2020

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“Slip.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/slip. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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