from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nipped or bitten by frost; blighted by extreme cold.


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  • When the plants were good-size seedlings, the temperature dipped unexpectedly low one night, and in the morning we found all them drooping, tender leaves and stems turned the darker green of frost-nipped death.

    The Dirty Life

  • The mossy beard stuck to the frost-nipped girl-cheek already quite cool to start with.

    A Different Stripe:

  • And they feel strange, as though theyre frost-nipped, like when I threw snowballs as a child.

    Black Butterfly

  • Beads of sweat trickled down from his forehead, stinging at the corners of eyes the bright blue of a winter's frost-nipped sky.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • In another she was walking in the desolate frost-nipped gardens, and the two boys were running towards her across the grass.

    Red Pottage

  • At the summit, I found that my storebought water bottles had frozen through completely, and my chocolate bars were frost-nipped inside their packages.

    Between a Rock and a Hard Place

  • On its frost-nipped face are marks; and these consist wholly of blood.

    Hung Lou Meng

  • The frost-nipped faces and frozen beards reminded me of other images of exhausted men at the end of punishing journeys across Antarctica.

    Terra Incognita

  • His solemn, earnest son was rolling in the new-fallen snow like a puppy, his frost-nipped cheeks red, his nose pink, his coat covered with snow, while Alaina MacShane heaped armfuls of downy whiteness over his squirming little body.


  • On the rare clear day, such as this April morning, when not so much as a cellophane pasty censors the mammary display (the frost-nipped breast of the queen of the Sasquatch?), Seattleites are caught wondrously off guard, a fact attested to by a concomitant escalation in traffic accidents.

    Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas


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