nip at

nip at someone or something

to bite at someone or something. The dog nipped at the visitor, but didn't cause any real harm. A small dog nipped at my heels.
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nip at

v.
1. To grab and pinch or bite: The fish nipped at our feet when we walked in the pond.
2. To bite or sting with the cold: The wind was nipping at our nose.
3. To sip some drink, often alcoholic, in small amounts: They were caught nipping at the whiskey again.
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References in classic literature ?
Bullets began to whistle among the branches and nip at the trees.
He said that all interns selected in Batch 4 and 5 for NIP at Islamabad, are advised to report at NIP Computer Lab of M/O Youth Affairs, located at 10th floor of Shaheed-e-Millat Secretariat.
A "pseudo nip," located just before the upper nip at the top of the tower, narrows the space between film layers without actually pinching them closed, and minimizes the amount of air escaping when edge-fold slitting below the nip.
To obtain applications and details on how their clients can apply for membership, brokers should contact John Wehner, COO, NIP at (800) 446-7647, Extension 241.
He said that all interns selected in Batch four and five for NIP at Islamabad, are advised to report at NIP Computer Lab of M/O Youth Affairs, located at 10th floor of Shaheed-e-Millat Secretariat.
For more information about TreePro(TM) and LandPro(TM), contact Jennifer McDarby at NIP at 800-446-7647, ext.