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v. snipped, snip·ping, snips
To cut, clip, or separate (something) with short, quick strokes.
To cut or clip with short, quick strokes.
1. An instance of snipping or the sound produced by snipping.
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.]


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
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She was fine and we just cut it off using tin snips.
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