slip 1 of 3

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

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as in to lurk
to move about in a sly or secret manner slipped behind the cover of the trees

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

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noun (1)

as in strip
a long narrow piece of material baskets woven from slips of wicker

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noun (2)

as in fall
the act of going down from an upright position suddenly and involuntarily had a nasty slip on the ice

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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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Cite this Entry

“Slip.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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