snips


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snip

 (snĭp)
v. snipped, snip·ping, snips
v.tr.
To cut, clip, or separate (something) with short, quick strokes.
v.intr.
To cut or clip with short, quick strokes.
n.
1. An instance of snipping or the sound produced by snipping.
2.
a. A small cut made with scissors or shears.
b. A small piece cut or clipped off.
c. A bit or scrap: snips of information about the merger.
3. Informal
a. One that is small or slight in size or stature.
b. A person regarded as impertinent or mischievous.
4. snips(used with a sing. or pl. verb) Hand shears used in cutting sheet metal.
5. Slang Something easily accomplished.

[Dutch or Low German snippen.]

snips

(snɪps)
pl n
(Tools) a small pair of shears used for cutting sheet metal. Also called: tinsnips
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.snips - (plural) hand shears for cutting sheet metalsnips - (plural) hand shears for cutting sheet metal
shears - large scissors with strong blades
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
References in classic literature ?
She thrusts hurriedly into your hand an extremely hot buttered roll, flashes out a tiny pair of scissors, snips off the second button of your overcoat, meaningly ejaculates the one word, "parallelogram
A piteous yelp from the lower regions at last announced that the thief was captured, and Tom appeared bearing Snip by the nape of the neck in one hand and Polly's cherished bonnet in the other.
I can't find it, and this one is pretty well chewed up," said Tom, bereaving Snip of the torn kid, to which he still pertinaciously clung.
Having addressed the last remark to her fair client, Miss Wren proceeded to snip at some blue fragments that lay before her, among fragments of all colours, and to thread a needle from a skein of blue silk.
In her anger she clutched Rapunzel's beautiful tresses, wrapped them twice round her left hand, seized a pair of scissors with the right, and snip, snap, they were cut off, and the lovely braids lay on the ground.
To-day they were to trim the grape-vine, so Kit mounted half-way up a short ladder, and began to snip and hammer away, while the old gentleman, with a great interest in his proceedings, handed up the nails and shreds of cloth as he wanted them.
One delicious grinding snip, and then another and another, and the hinder-locks fell heavily on the floor, and Maggie stood cropped in a jagged, uneven manner, but with a sense of clearness and freedom, as if she had emerged from a wood into the open plain.
Boys, I move that he keeps still and lets this human philopena snip you out a speech.
Tools such as the Boomerang braid snips can snip your braid while helping preserve the edge on your plier blades.
Using the wires snips, cut just below the damaged areas and remove damaged coating.