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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.
See also: slip, up

the slip

slang An escape or evasion. Used especially in the phrase "give someone the slip." The burglar gave us the slip for now, but we're still in pursuit.
See also: slip
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When I began chopping again, my axe slipped and cut off my right leg.
"My body shone so brightly in the sun that I felt very proud of it and it did not matter now if my axe slipped, for it could not cut me.
Momentarily stunned, Gahan's fingers slipped from their hold upon the cordage and the man shot downward through the thin air of dying Mars toward the ground three thousand feet beneath, while upon the deck of the rolling Vanator his faithful warriors clung to their lashings all unconscious of the fate of their beloved leader; nor was it until more than an hour later, after the storm had materially subsided, that they realized he was lost, or knew the self-sacrificing heroism of the act that had sealed his doom.
The banth slipped and clutched frantically at the deck.
I slipped into the little third room, which I have mentioned as communicating with the back drawing-room, and dropped the curtains which closed the open doorway.
It's a chance perhaps the only one; and with such sots!" Thinking thus, he slipped, with the suppleness of a serpent, to the lowest branches, the ends of which bent almost to the ground.
It was Passepartout himself, who had slipped upon the pyre in the midst of the smoke and, profiting by the still overhanging darkness, had delivered the young woman from death!
Hardly had D'Artagnan seen, through a crevice in his closet, that the whole apartment was in obscurity, than he slipped out of his concealment, at the very moment when Kitty reclosed the door of communication.
At this appeal D'Artagnan drew Kitty quietly away, and slipped into the chamber.
Then her arms slipped from about my waist and she was gone.
The man slipped off her halter, and left her there.
Hadow slipped, fell against him, and knocked him over.