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1. noun, informal A light strike, blow, or impact. My dad gave me a clip on the ear after I told him I wouldn't do my chores. Look at this dent! Someone must have given me a clip in the parking lot.
2. noun, informal A particular pace or rate, especially a fast one. We kept driving at a good clip to make sure we weren't late to the airport. I know you're still a beginner, so just see if you can maintain a steady clip on the horse.
3. verb, informal To hit (someone or something) with a light strike or blow. Some maniac clipped my car as they came rushing through the parking lot. A: "I saw him throw a punch at you. Are you all right?" B: "Yeah, he just clipped me on the chin. I'll be fine."
4. verb, slang To cheat or swindle (someone). They clipped me for an extra $300 on the repair job, knowing that I had no choice but to pay up. It's highway robbery, I tell you!
5. verb, slang To murder (someone). I hear Tommy Two-Finger clipped Jimmy the Rat for squealing to the feds.
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?
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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.
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