Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to clip: Video clip
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!
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!
at a good clip
Quickly; at a fast pace. That horse is moving at a good clip—I think he might win the race!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
at a clip
1. In a particular interval or span of time. I don't feel like going out tonight because I've had to sit in lectures for five hours at a clip every day this week.
2. At a particular pace. In this usage, an adjective describing the pace is used between "a" and "clip." Since you're still a beginner, just see if you can get your horse to move at a steady clip.
An establishment, often a restaurant or club, that routinely overcharges or otherwise swindles its patrons. I refuse to go to that club and pay its exorbitant cover charge—it's a real clip joint.
1. Swindled or deceived. I refuse to get clipped at that club again—it charges an exorbitant cover.
2. Arrested or apprehended. if they catch you defacing the park benches, you'll be clipped for sure.
3. Circumcised. Really? He wasn't clipped as a baby?
slang A clasp, clamp, or other similar fastener, especially an alligator clip, used to hold the end fragment (the "roach") of a marijuana cigarette (a "joint") while it is being smoked so as to avoid the smoker's fingers getting burned. He makes fun of me for using a roach clip, but I had the last laugh when he burned his fingers and dropped his roach in a puddle.
*at a good clipand *at a fast clip
rapidly. (*Typically: go ~; move ~; run ~; travel ~.) We were moving along at a good clip when a state trooper stopped us.
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.
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.
clip something on(to) someone or somethingand 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.
clip something out of somethingand 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?
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."
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.
at a clipat a time; all at once. US informal
2000 Anthony Bourdain Kitchen Confidential I peeled 75 pounds of shrimp at a clip.
clip someone's wingsprevent 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’.
at a fast, good, steady, etc. ˈclip(especially American English) quickly: Land prices will rise at a healthy clip.
clip somebody’s ˈwingslimit 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.
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.
n. a business establishment that cheats customers. The clip joint on Fourth Street was busted last night.
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.
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.
roach clipand 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.”
An establishment such as a nightclub or restaurant that habitually overcharges or cheats customers. The verb “to clip” has been a slangy synonym for “to cheat” since the 1920s. The equally slangy cliché came soon afterward. It is still a frequent usage. The television comedy Seinfeld had it in 1992: “What kind of clip joint are you running here?”
clip someone's wings, to
To deflate a conceited person. Although at first glance this phrase might seem to have a military origin (from demoting an officer whose rank is indicated by wings), the metaphor actually comes from birds— specifically, the practice of clipping the wings of domestic fowl so they cannot fly away—and dates from ancient Roman times. “Away to prison with him, I’ll clippe his winges,” wrote Christopher Marlowe (The Massacre at Paris, 1590, 3.2).