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slip up

1. verb To blunder; to make a mistake or an error. I think I slipped up and sent the check to the wrong address. Wow, it looks like the accountants must have really slipped up this time.
2. verb To interfere with someone or their ability to do something; to cause someone to make a mistake or an error. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "slip" and "up." I have to concentrate while I do this, so please don't talk and slip me up! She always uses intimidation tactics to try to slip up her opponents.
3. noun A minor mistake, blunder, or mishandling. In this usage, the phrase is often hyphenated. He's had one too many slip-ups in the office, so I think we have to let him go. He was overcharged due to a slip up on our end.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

slip up something

to climb something, slipping along the way. The hikers slipped up the wet slope. Ted slipped up the stairs, tracking mud and water as he went along.
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slip up

to make an error. I hope you don't slip up again. Try to be more careful.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

slip up

Make a mistake, blunder, as in I slipped up and gave the invitations to the wrong people. [Mid-1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

slip up

1. To make a mistake or blunder; err: I slipped up when I said my plane would arrive at 6:00 am—I meant 6:00 pm.
2. To cause someone to make a mistake or blunder: The change in plans slipped me up and I went to the wrong subway station. The false clue slipped up the detective.
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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.



slip (up)

1. in. to make an error. Don’t slip up and pay this bill twice, please.
2. and slip(-up) n. an error. That was a silly slip-up. I’m sorry.
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MARTIN O'NEILL admitted Aston Villa have reached "crunch time" and can afford few slip ups if they are to keep alive their hopes of securing a European spot.
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Sir Bobby Robson's men ensured there were no slip ups against the Swiss league leaders with an assured display.