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verb     slip pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleslipping
past tenseslipped
past participleslipped
  1. 1
    [intransitive] if you slip, your feet slide accidentally and you lose your balance or fall over

    Margaret slipped and broke her arm.

    slip on:

    Be careful you don’t slip on the wet floor.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] if something that is moving round slips, it fails to stay firmly on a surface

      The truck’s wheels were slipping and spinning in the mud.

    2. b.
      [intransitive] if something that you are holding or wearing slips, it falls from your hands, or it falls from position

      The knife slipped and cut my finger.

      slip out of:

      The ball slipped out of my hands as I tried to catch it.

      slip off:

      Tighten the straps so they won’t slip off your shoulders.

    3. c.
      [transitive] to become free, or to no longer be held by something
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to go somewhere, especially quickly and quietly without people noticing you or stopping you
    slip into/out of/through etc:

    Several people managed to slip past the guards and into the concert.

    slip into/out of/through etc:

    Sarah slipped into the room and carefully shut the door.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to slide something into a place or position
    slip something into/around/under etc something:

    I’ll slip the letter under your door.

    slip something into/around/under etc something:

    John slipped his arm around his wife’s waist.

    1. a.
      to put something somewhere, or to give something to someone quickly and quietly, so that other people do not see what you are doing

      Michael slipped the bar of chocolate into his pocket.

      slip someone something:

      If you slip him some cash he’ll get you good seats.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to become gradually less strong or good, or to move into a worse condition

    Support for the death penalty has been slipping.

    Profits slipped by 13% last year.

    Standards have been slipping over the years.

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