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slip up

1. To blunder; to make a mistake or an error. I think I slipped up and sent the check to the wrong address. Wow, it looks like the accountants must have really slipped up this time.
2. To interfere with someone or their ability to do something; to cause someone to make a mistake or an error. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between or after "slip" and "up." I have to concentrate while I do this, so please don't talk and screw me up! She always uses intimidation tactics to try and slip up her opponents.
3. noun A minor mistake, blunder, or mishandling. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated. He's had one too many slip-ups in the office, so we may have to let him go. He was overcharged due to a slip-up by the IRS.
See also: slip, up

slip

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Anne slipped noiselessly from the veranda and found her way across the yard.
He said: "I was getting out of the shower and I slipped and smashed my nose on the wall.
1 : to move easily and smoothly <He slipped the ring on his finger.
When the sailing industry shifted over to the Hudson River toward the end of the 1800s, the Fourth Ward slipped into a backwater area and became known for its warehouses.
1) For example, 3% of all female condoms slipped out of the woman's vagina; the rate was 11% at first use, but it fell steadily to less than 1% if the method had been used 15 times or more.
The Saturday before, saddles slipped on Just In Time at Ascot and on Bluebelle at Haydock.
Eventually, gravity overcame the attraction between the materials, and the mercury suddenly slipped back, Putterman says.
Tired and weak, an 11-year-old boy was pulled to safety Tuesday in a dramatic three-hour rescue after he slipped into a crevice in a huge rock.
In overseas trading, the dollar has slipped thanks mainly to the thin trading conditions.
During the last 10 years, he says, he and a co-worker have found ample geologic evidence that the fault has slipped within the last 8,000 years.
This share slipped to 41% in 2000 as the thermal technologies continued to grow in market acceptance and with the introduction of InkJet models from Epson America and TransAct Technologies (Nasdaq:TACT).
This share slipped to 50% in 1999 as the thermal technologies continued to grow in market acceptance.
This share slipped to less than 60% in 1998 as the thermal technologies continued to grow in market acceptance.