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nip at

1. To give (someone or something) little bites. Their dog kept nipping at my heels whenever I walked through the house. I know some people go crazy for the treatment, but I can't stand the feeling of fish nipping at my feet!
2. To sting (a part of one's body) with cold. The air had just started nipping at our noses by the time we reached the house. There's nothing like settling down in front of a fire with a hot drink after the cold wind has been nipping at your cheeks on a long, satisfying bike ride.
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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 on

1. To give (someone or something) little bites. Their dog kept nipping on my heels whenever I walked through the house. I felt some nipping on my toes during the night, and I absolutely freaked out
2. To take small, frequent sips of some drink, especially alcohol. I caught my grandma nipping on a flask, which she tried to pretend had medicine inside of it. He nipped at a bottle of whiskey to help keep warm as he trudged through the snow.
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nip on (someone's or something's) heels

1. To give someone's or something's heels little ineffectual bites. Their dog kept nipping on my heels whenever I walked through the house. I know some people go crazy for the treatment, but I can't stand the feeling of fish nipping on my heels!
2. By extension, to be very close behind someone or something in rank, score, ability, etc. This underdog team has been nipping on the reigning champions' heels since the very beginning of the match. As technology has improved and become more cost effective, 3D printing has been nipping on the heels of the traditional crafting and manufacturing processes.
See also: heel, nip, on

nip on (someone's or something's) toes

1. To give someone's or something's toes little ineffectual bites. Their dog kept nipping on my toes whenever I walked through the house. I know some people go crazy for the treatment, but I can't stand the feeling of fish nipping on my toes!
2. By extension, to be very close behind someone or something in rank, score, ability, etc. This underdog team has been nipping on the reigning champions' toes since the very beginning of the match. As technology has improved and become more cost effective, 3D printing has been nipping on the toes of the traditional crafting and manufacturing processes.
See also: nip, on, toe
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

nip at someone or something

to bite at someone or something. The dog nipped at the visitor, but didn't cause any real harm. A small dog nipped at my heels.
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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

nip at

v.
1. To grab and pinch or bite: The fish nipped at our feet when we walked in the pond.
2. To bite or sting with the cold: The wind was nipping at our nose.
3. To sip some drink, often alcoholic, in small amounts: They were caught nipping at the whiskey again.
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nip on

v.
1. To grab and pinch or bite: The fish nipped on the wader's feet.
2. To sip some drink, often alcoholic, in small amounts: The guests nipped on their eggnog all night long. I nipped on my soda while waiting for my date to show up.
See also: nip, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Percent change analysis showed that 99.9% studied genotypes respond negatively to nipping (Fig.
Hundred seed weight: Mean squares data for hundred seed weight indicated highly significant differences for genotypes, significant differences for treatments while non-significant for genotype by nipping interaction (Table 3).
Biological yield per plant: Biological yield plant-1 also exhibited highly significant differences for genotypes, nipping and genotype by nipping interaction (Table 3).
Just like other studied parameters biological yield plant-1 also showed positive response to nipping in Desi genotypes while response of Kabuli genotypes is not only negligible but greatly negative.
Seed yield per plant: Analysis of variance for seed yield plant-1 manifested highly significant differences for genotypes, nipping and genotype by nipping interaction (Table 3).
Conclusions: The present investigations concluded that there is highly significant interaction between chickpea genotypes and nipping which indicated that, different genotypes of chickpea reacted in a different way to nipping.
Table-1.Effect of nipping on number of plants/plot, plant height and pods/plant of chickpea.
Similarly, chickpea nipping has been reported to an innovative and profiable venture in D.I.Khan by using crop for grazing goats and sheep at seedling stage resulting profuse growth of the plants (Khattak et al., 2007).
Effect of nipping on 1000-grain weight, grains/pod and grain yield of chickpea.
Conclusions: Nipping or cutting back chickpea at various levels would enhance yield and yield contributing parameters of this crop.