1 noun
1 FOR FASTENING (C) a small metal or plastic object for holding or fastening things together: Fasten the microphone clip to your shirt front. | hair clip (=a piece of metal or plastic for keeping hair in the right place)
-see also: bulldog-clip, paperclip
2 CUT (singular) a process in which you make something shorter or tidier by cutting it: I'll have to give that hedge a clip.
3 FILM (C) a short part of a film that is shown by itself: Clips from Mel Gibson's new movie
4 a clip round the ear/earhole BrE informal a short blow on the side of someone's head
5 GUN (C) a container for bullets which passes them rapidly into the gun so that they can be fired
6 NEWSPAPER (C) an article that is cut from a newspaper or magazine for a particular reason
7 $100/50 cents etc a clip AmE informal if things cost $100, 50 cents etc a clip, they cost that amount of money each
8 at a good/fair etc clip quickly: Traffic was going by at a fair clip.
9 WOOL (C) AustrE, NZE the total amount of wool that is taken from a group of sheep at one time
2 verb clipped, clipping
1 FASTEN (intransitive always + adv/prep, transitive) to fasten something together or to be fastened together using a clip 1 (1): clip sth into/onto/together etc: The invoices had been carefully clipped together.
(+ on/to etc): The keys will clip onto your belt.
2 CUT (T) to cut small amounts of something in order to make it tidier: clipping the hedge
3 CUT FROM NEWSPAPER (transitive always + adv/prep) to cut an article or picture from newspaper, magazine etc: clip sth out of/from: Elsa clipped the article out of the evening paper.
4 HIT (T) to hit the surface of something quickly but hard: The bullet clipped the car's side mirror.
5 REDUCE (T) to slightly reduce an amount, quantity etc: Gunnell clipped a second off the world record.
6 clip sb's wings to restrict someone's freedom, activities, or power: Getting married has really clipped his wings.
7 clip sb round the ear/earhole BrE informal to hit someone quickly on the side of the head
8 TICKET (T) to make a hole in a bus or train ticket to show that it has been used
9 clip your words to say words in a quick, short, and not very friendly way

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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