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zip along

to move along very fast. The motorcycle zipped along nicely. Let's zip along and get there on time.
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zip past someone or something

to run or move past someone or something very rapidly. The deer zipped past the hunter, who stood there, startled. The cars zipped past the intersection.
See also: past, zip

zip something on

to put on a piece of clothing and zip it up. She zipped her jumper on and headed toward the door. Zip on your jacket and let's go.
See also: on, zip

zip something up

1. to close a zipper. You should zip that zipper up. You should zip up that zipper.
2. to close a garment by zipping a zipper closed. You had better zip your jacket up. You had better zip up your jacket.
3. Sl. to close one's mouth. (Fig. on {2}.) Zip your mouth up, Fred! Zip up your mouth, Fred.
See also: up, zip

Zip (up) your lip!

 and Zip it up!
Inf. Be quiet!; Close your mouth and be quiet! "I've heard enough. Zip your lip!" hollered the coach. Andy: All right, you guys. Shut up! Zip it up! Bob: Sorry. Andy: That's better.
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zip by

1. To pass quickly, as of a moving object or an interval of time: The summer zipped by so fast that we didn't get the chance to do half of the things we planned to.
2. To pass someone or something quickly: The cars zipped by the people on the side of the road.
3. To pay a brief visit: My friends zipped by for a quick lunch.
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zip through

1. To accomplish or proceed with something swiftly and energetically: She zipped through college in just three years.
2. To read something quickly and with ease: I zipped through five chapters of Great Expectations in less than an hour.
3. To move rapidly through something: The bird zipped through the air to its nest.
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1. n. nothing. There was no mail today. Nothing. Zip.
2. n. a score or grade of zero. Well, you got zip on the last test. Sorry about that.
3. n. vigor; spunk. Put some zip into it. It’s too ho-hum.
4. in. to move to a place fast. I’ll zip to the office and get a new form.
5. n. a worthless person; a person who amounts to zero. Garth is such a zip. No brains in his head at all.
6. n. an ounce of a drug. How much for a zip of hash.
7. n. cocaine. He’s freezing his nose with zip nearly every night.

zip along

in. to move along rapidly. Days are zipping along, and we’re all getting lots done.
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zip gun

n. a homemade handgun. (Underworld.) The kid had a zip gun, so I didn’t argue.
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Zip (up) your lip!

and Zip it up!
exclam. Be quiet!; Zip up your mouth! Shhhh! Zip up your lip! Zip it up and keep it zipped.
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Zip it up!

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Zip your lip!

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mod. drug intoxicated. (Drugs.) The kid is too zipped to talk.
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With these new additions, SnapZip sets itself apart in quality and ease of use from virtually all other zipping programs," said Jon Lal, CEO of Winferno Software.
PKZIP and PKUNZIP are not required for any zipping or unzipping operations.