slip of the lip

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slip of the lip

An unintentional mistake made while one is speaking, such as incorrect pronunciation, word choice, or meaning. The news anchor's innocent slip of the lip has gone viral, of course.
See also: lip, of, slip

slip of the lip

Also, slip of the tongue or pen . An inadvertent mistake in speaking (or writing), as in It was just a slip of the lip that made me say the wrong name, or She didn't mean it; it was a slip of the tongue, or He intended to write "the honorable" but a slip of the pen turned it into "reverend." The usage with pen dates from the mid-1600s; the others are a century or so younger.
See also: lip, of, slip
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Fortunately, slips of the lip and purposeful security breaches in job search appear to be rare.
His slips of the lip have annoyed at least two presidents from his own party and probably have led to his decision to retire from politics.
LIPSLIPS slips of the lips, similar to slips of the tongue.