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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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Snap off dying geranium flowers at the base of the stems and nip off pansy and petunia flowers.
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.
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.
It even knows to water the plants while owners nip off on holiday.
But not everyone heads to the cafes or canteens - seven per cent reckon they nip off for nookie with their partners or the boss.
Nip off the leading shoots of wallflowers to encourage bushy plants which will produce more flowers.
In the afternoon we would nip off to Rancho Peligro by helicopter to practise our clay shooting.
Soutar said: "About 20 minutes into the first half I thought I might have to nip off to the toilet.
Bet she didn't nip off to the pier for a bag of chips after work, though...
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.
But to nip off now, while servicemen are being denied leave in the run-up to any war is, well, insensitive at best and bloody foolish at worst.
He wants to have full control of what he does so any time he gets to nip off and do a bit of writing, he does it."