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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of nip.


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  • My flatware (which had been nipped from the airlines, so some of my diminutive place settings said both AA and "The Friendly Skies") remained intact in my dishwasher.

    Serf Advisory

  • The legislature passed it, and it kind of nipped around the edges, focused on new workers.

    Storming the Castle

  • Perhaps any relaible information should be given to Crimestoppers and Childline to stop it from being 'nipped' in the bud by any Brotherly officers in the council or local police.

    Cyril-occhio: Needn't Work There, Could've Left

  • M. OSM.ND: You know what I love is that he's 17, and we kind of nipped it in the bud before it got into those statistics.

    CNN Transcript Dec 26, 2008

  • O'BRIEN: Arwa, you know, we don't often hear about suicide bombing plots being kind of nipped in the bud, but that happened yesterday after a wild car chase.

    CNN Transcript Dec 28, 2005

  • He had bolted for good, vanished into the mysterious deeps of the primeval forest, whether hurt unto death, or merely "nipped" in a fore-leg, as Herb inclined to think, nobody knew.

    Camp and Trail A Story of the Maine Woods

  • Stephen had really come back for some tobacco, but as he passed under the windows he thought of the poor fellow who had been "nipped" (nothing serious, said Mrs. Failing), and determined to shout good-bye to him.

    The Longest Journey

  • Lloyd learned how the ship had been "nipped;" how, after inconceivable toil, the members of the expedition had gained the land; how they had marched southward toward the Chuckch settlements; how, at the eleventh hour, the survivors, exhausted and starving, had been rescued by the steam whalers; how these whalers themselves had been caught in the ice, and how the survivors of the Freja had been obliged to spend another winter in the Arctic.

    A Man's Woman

  • No sooner had they cleared the berg, and escaped from that form of destruction, than the ice began again to close in, and this time the vessel was "nipped" with such severity, that some of her principal timbers gave way.

    The Giant of the North Pokings Round the Pole

  • The ice "nipped" the _Polaris_, and it appears, from all accounts, that the ice-master who commanded

    Notable Voyagers From Columbus to Nordenskiold


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