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verb [intransitive/transitive] nip pronunciation in American English /nɪp/
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present tense
present participlenipping
past tensenipped
past participlenipped
  1. to bite someone gently
    The dog kept nipping +at her fingers playfully.
    nip at: His teeth nipped at her neck.
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    1. a.
      to squeeze something between your thumb and fingers
      He nipped the end of his cigar and put it in his pocket.
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