Nip

Definition of Nip

n.1.A sip or small draught; esp., a draught of intoxicating liquor; a dram.
v. t.1.To catch and inclose or compress tightly between two surfaces, or points which are brought together or closed; to pinch; to close in upon.
[imp. & p. p. Nipped less properly Nipt; p. pr. & vb. n. Nipping .]
May this hard earth cleave to the Nadir hell,
Down, down, and close again, and nip me flat,
If I be such a traitress.
- Tennyson.
2.To remove by pinching, biting, or cutting with two meeting edges of anything; to clip.
The small shoots . . . must be nipped off.
- Mortimer.
3.Hence: To blast, as by frost; to check the growth or vigor of; to destroy.
4.To vex or pain, as by nipping; hence, to taunt.
And sharp remorse his heart did prick and nip.
- Spenser.
To nip in the bud
to cut off at the very commencement of growth; to kill in the incipient stage.
n.1.A seizing or closing in upon; a pinching; as, in the northern seas, the nip of masses of ice.
2.A pinch with the nails or teeth.
3.A small cut, or a cutting off the end.
4.A blast; a killing of the ends of plants by frost.
5.A biting sarcasm; a taunt.
6.(Naut.) A short turn in a rope.
Nip and tuck
a phrase signifying equality in a contest; as, it was nip and tuck right to the last minute of play.

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