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noun     slip pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] a small piece of paper, especially one used for notes

    I left the message for you on a slip of paper.

    1. a.
      a piece of paper used for a particular purpose

      a voting slip

      a betting slip

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  2. 2
    [countable] a slight mistake, especially a careless one

    Tom played the piece well, despite a few slips at the beginning.

  3. 4
    [countable] a small change from a higher level to a lower one
    slip in:

    a slip in the price of technology stocks

  4. 5
    [countable] a piece of women’s underwear consisting of a loose skirt or dress with no sleeves
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  5. 6
    [countable] [usually plural] in the game of cricket, a place near the batsman where players stand when they are trying to catch the ball
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  6. 7
    [uncountable] liquid clay used in making pots
  7. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    the displacement of bits of land on either side of a tectonic plate faultline (during an earthquake)Submitted from United Kingdom on 18/09/2010
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