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clip over the ear

A slap, smack, or cuff on the side of the head, usually as a reprimand for bad behavior. If you don't start your homework right now, I'm going to give you a clip over the ear!
See also: clip, ear, over

at a good clip

Quickly; at a good pace. That horse is moving at a good clip—I think he might win the race!
See also: clip, good

clip (something) from (something)

To cut something so that it is no longer attached to something else. Can you clip this tag from my shirt? I clipped some coupons from the newspaper but totally forgot to bring them to the store with me.
See also: clip

clip on(to) (someone or something)

To attach something to someone or something else by using a clip. A noun or pronoun can be used between "clip" and "on." Clip on your ID badge before you leave so that you can get back into the building. I clipped the doctor's note onto the rest of my paperwork.
See also: clip

clip on

1. An earring that clips onto the earlobe, as opposed to being inserted through a piercing. Jen never got her ears pierced, so we're going to need to find her some nice clip ons for her wedding day.
2. A necktie that clips onto the collar, as opposed to being tied. When I was a kid, I used to wear a clip on before I knew how to tie a tie.
See also: clip, on

clip (something) out of (something)

To cut something so that it is no longer attached to something else, often a publication (such as a magazine or newspaper). I clipped some coupons out of the newspaper but totally forgot to bring them to the store with me.
See also: clip, of, out

clip (one's) wings

To restrict one's freedom, power, or full potential. A reference to the practice of clipping a bird's wings to prevent it from flying. The kids need to be able to explore the world around them—don't clip their wings. The boss is always trying to clip my wings and micro-manage me.
See also: clip, wing

*at a good clip

 and *at a fast clip
rapidly. (*Typically: go ~; move ~; run ~; travel ~.) We were moving along at a good clip when a state trooper stopped us.
See also: clip, good

clip someone's wings

Fig. to restrain someone; to reduce or put an end to someone's privileges. (Alludes to clipping a bird's wings to keep it from flying away.) You had better learn to get home on time, or I will clip your wings. My mother clipped my wings. I can't go out tonight.
See also: clip, wing

clip something from something

to cut something out of or away from something; to cut something off something. I clipped the picture from the magazine. I clipped the straggly hairs from his head.
See also: clip

clip something on(to) someone or something

 and clip something on
to attach something to someone or something with a clip. I clipped a little name tag onto him before I put him on the plane. I clipped on a name tag.
See also: clip, on

clip something out of something

 and clip something out
to remove something from something by clipping or cutting. Please clip the article out of the magazine. Could you clip out the picture, too?
See also: clip, of, out

clip someone's wings

Restrain or reduce someone's freedom, as in Hiding his car keys-you're really clipping his wings. This metaphor for clipping a bird's wings to prevent its flying away dates from ancient Roman times. Christopher Marlowe used it in The Massacre at Paris (1590): "Away to prison with him, I'll clip his wings."
See also: clip, wing

clip someone's wings

COMMON If someone clips your wings, they limit your freedom to do what you want. Since then, these companies have become big business, with no government having the courage to clip their wings. Congress tried to clip his wings and cancel his referendum. Note: People sometimes clip the wings of birds to prevent them from flying away.
See also: clip, wing

at a clip

at a time; all at once. US informal
2000 Anthony Bourdain Kitchen Confidential I peeled 75 pounds of shrimp at a clip.
See also: clip

clip someone's wings

prevent someone from acting freely.
Clip someone's wings comes from the phrase clip a bird's wings , which means ‘trim the feathers of a bird so that it cannot fly’.
See also: clip, wing

at a fast, good, steady, etc. ˈclip

(especially American English) quickly: Land prices will rise at a healthy clip.
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clip somebody’s ˈwings

limit somebody’s freedom or power: The new law was seen as an attempt to clip the wings of the trade unions.
This refers to cutting some of the feathers from a bird’s wings so that it can no longer fly.
See also: clip, wing


1. tv. to cheat someone. (see also clipped, clip joint.) That guy in there clipped me for a fiver.
2. tv. to kill someone. Frank and John had set out to clip Rocko first.
3. n. a holder for a marijuana cigarette butt. (see also roach clip.) My clip’s at home in my stash.
4. n. a music video; a short film. This next clip is something you’ll all recognize.
5. n. a fast rate of speed. You were moving at a pretty good clip when you ran into the truck.
6. tv. to sock someone. Max clipped Lefty on the jaw, and Lefty drew his gun.

clip a butt

tv. to pinch out a cigarette for later smoking. (Also with the.) Like an old soldier, Willy took a puff and then clipped the butt for later.
See also: butt, clip

clip joint

n. a business establishment that cheats customers. The clip joint on Fourth Street was busted last night.
See also: clip, joint

clip someone’s wings

tv. to restrain someone; to reduce or put an end to a teenager’s privileges. One more stunt like that and I’m going to clip your wings for a couple of weeks.
See also: clip, wing


1. mod. cheated. You weren’t clipped by me. I just made a mistake.
2. mod. arrested. Frank got clipped as he got out of his car.
3. mod. circumcised. Fred couldn’t imagine what not being clipped would be like.
See also: clip

roach clip

and roach pick
n. a device to hold a roach and make it smokable. (Drugs.) When the cops find a roach clip on you, you’ve had it. He held the roach on a paper clip “roach pick.”
See also: clip, roach
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