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nip off

1. To very quickly or discreetly depart (to some place), especially for a short length of time. I need to nip off to the store to get some milk—do we need anything else? I think they nipped off to get some more party supplies. They should be back soon.
2. To sever something (from something else) by pinching, cutting, or snipping it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "nip" and "off." With great charm and grace, he bent down, nipped off a rose from the bush, and presented it to his date. Just let me get my scissors and nip these hairs off that the barber missed.
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nip something off (of) something

 and nip something off
to clip or cut something off something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Let me nip a few blossoms off the rosebush. I nipped off a few blossoms and made a bouquet.
See also: nip, off
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So just a word of warning the next time you decide to nip off on a cheap and cheerful break.
But, should I be an American, I could still nip off to court, claim to be completely ignorant of four decades of dire health warnings and pick up my pounds 2 billion.
Abroad NIP off after Easter to the golden beaches of Gambia.
TWO brass-necked cops left their patrol car right under a no-parking sign - to nip off and buy their breakfasts.
While we want people to smell, touch, even nip off little pieces, we hope the herbs will be left mainly intact for others to enjoy.
Remove faded daffodil and tulip flowers, and nip off the heads and seed pod at the same time.
The nearest England had come to a breakthrough in the first hour was when Durham's Steve Harmison got one to nip off the seam to strike Malik's pad on the back-foot defence.
Nip off the leading shoots of wallflowers to encourage bushy plants which will produce more flowers.
And when England skipper Nasser Hussain had to nip off the field for treatment on his back injury, it was Graham Thorpe who deputised as captain instead of Stewart.
Soutar said: "About 20 minutes into the first half I thought I might have to nip off to the toilet.
Start in spring, when the shoots are only a few inches tall and nip off each growing tip with your thumb and forefinger.
But not everyone heads to the cafes or canteens - seven per cent reckon they nip off for nookie with their partners or the boss.
Make sure you nip off any strawy bits at the neck, if you don't, the birds will try and use the straw for nest building material, and you'll just have to go and replant the sets when they've been uprooted.
You could leave them sitting at your desk in the office or standing at the end of the factory line and nip off home or go on holiday to Teneriffe for a fortnight.
It even knows to water the plants while owners nip off on holiday.