AskDefine | Define slipping

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1 a socially awkward or tactless act [syn: faux pas, gaffe, solecism, gaucherie]
2 a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc. [syn: slip-up, miscue, parapraxis]
3 potter's clay that is thinned and used for coating or decorating ceramics
4 a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting [syn: cutting]
5 a young and slender person; "he's a mere slip of a lad"
6 a place where a craft can be made fast [syn: mooring, moorage, berth]
7 an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall; "he blamed his slip on the ice"; "the jolt caused many slips and a few spills" [syn: trip]
8 a slippery smoothness; "he could feel the slickness of the tiller" [syn: slickness, slick, slipperiness]
9 artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material [syn: strip]
10 a small sheet of paper; "a receipt slip" [syn: slip of paper]
11 a woman's sleeveless undergarment [syn: chemise, shimmy, shift, teddies, teddy]
12 bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow; "the burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase" [syn: case, pillowcase, pillow slip]
13 an unexpected slide [syn: skid, sideslip]
14 a flight maneuver; aircraft slides sideways in the air [syn: sideslip]
15 the act of avoiding capture (especially by cunning) [syn: elusion, eluding]


1 move stealthily; "The ship slipped away in the darkness" [syn: steal]
2 insert inconspicuously or quickly or quietly; "He slipped some money into the waiter's hand"
3 move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner; "the wheels skidded against the sidewalk" [syn: skid, slue, slew, slide]
4 get worse; "My grades are slipping" [syn: drop off, drop away, fall away]
5 move smoothly and easily
6 to make a mistake or be incorrect [syn: err, mistake]
7 pass on stealthily; "He slipped me the key when nobody was looking" [syn: sneak]
8 pass out of one's memory [syn: slip one's mind]
9 move out of position; "dislocate joints"; "the artificial hip joint luxated and had to be put back surgically" [syn: dislocate, luxate, splay] [also: slipping, slipped]slipping adj : moving as on a slippery surface; "his slipping and slithering progress over the ice" [syn: slithering]slipping See slip

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Extensive Definition

  • One of the four basic strategies of defensive boxing, along with blocking, holding, and clinching.
  • Executed by slightly moving the head to either side so that the opponent's punches "slip" by the boxer.
  • Sometimes called bobbing (as in bob and weave).
slipping in French: esquive (sport de combat)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bad, coming apart, cracking, crumbling, decadent, declining, degenerate, despaired of, deteriorating, disintegrating, done for, draining, drooping, dwindling, dying, ebbing, effete, expiring, facing death, fading, failing, falling, flagging, fragmenting, given up, going, going to pieces, gone to seed, hopeless, in articulo mortis, in extremis, incapable of life, languishing, low, marcescent, moribund, near death, nonviable, on the downgrade, out of condition, out of shape, out of training, pining, regressive, retrograde, retrogressive, run to seed, rusty, shriveling, sinking, sliding, slipping away, slumping, soft, stiff, subsiding, tabetic, terminal, waning, wasting, wilting, withering, worsening
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