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  • His campaign received a filip when at the beginning of this month, HM Revenue & Customs – stung by suggestions it traditionally failed to act on evidence of underpayment – issued a warning to fashion houses that they could be prosecuted for not paying their interns.

    More than 800 unpaid interns hired at arts and sports groups in two years

  • Swann's success is also a welcome filip for the County Championship.

    John Terry’s sacking as England captain tells us something interesting...

  • But she not only does it, she does it with - and I don't know how you say this word, even though I put it in the book - a filip, F-I-L-I-P, a filip of joy.

    An Orphan, An Elephant And A Hapless Magician

  • I have a few spare rhymes, but I'm not going to overextend this cautionary filip.

    A vote for Sudan

  • It came along with the filip that he was a "street-corner Cromwell".

    Galloway gets spanked!

  • Goldman also benefited at a crucial moment from the Federal Reserve takeover of AIG, and it received the additional filip of FDIC-guaranteed debt issuance through the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program.

    A Tale of Two Bailouts

  • Whether or not Muslims have any intention of "assimilating", to include Muslim youth in the 2000 schoolkids marching on St. George's day would have been a filip at the least, for this goal.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • The “proof” that current warming is due to anthropgenic effects had a tremendous filip from a flattening of the MWP.

    Moberg Corrigendum #2 « Climate Audit

  • Ladies who like distinctive underclothing should, and every welltailored man must, trying to make the gap wider between them by innuendo and give more of a genuine filip to acts of impropriety between the two, she unbuttoned his and then he untied her, mind the pin, whereas savages in the cannibal islands, say, at ninety degrees in the shade not caring a continental.

    Ulysses

  • By hosting the pagent this year, Nigerian officials were hoping it would give their west African nation the kind of image filip that it gave South Africa in 1992-95.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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  • Yeah - I noticed this morning that OED gives filip as an obsolete spelling of fillip. I was surprised by that as I'm pretty sure filip is the one I've seen more often.

    First attested C18, from flip, as in a flick of the fingers on a cheek.

    May 1, 2009

  • It is not commonly used in the United States, I don't think, but I suspect (sadly) that it's because most people (myself included) don't know exactly what it means and so aren't comfortable using it... Though I believe I've seen it spelled fillip...?

    May 1, 2009

  • It's a fairly common word - perhaps not so much in the US? A filip is something that imparts pep, a spur in a positive way.

    May 1, 2009

  • Is this a neologism? It is difficult to search given the common name.

    May 1, 2009

  • "While Hollywood is using 3D as a filip to attract audiences back to the cinema, it may only have a brief window of opportunity before 3D makes its way into the home as well."

    - Darren Quick, Panasonic climbs aboard Hollywood's 3D roller coaster, www.gizmag.com, 29 April 2009.

    April 30, 2009