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 ?
Snip, evidently regarding it as a game got up for his special benefit, enjoyed the race immensely and scampered all over the house, shaking the precious parcel like a rat while his master ran and whistled, commanded and coaxed, in vain.
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.
'Perhaps,' said Miss Jenny, holding out her doll at arm's length, and critically contemplating the effect of her art with her scissors on her lips and her head thrown back, as if her interest lay there, and not in the conversation; 'perhaps you'll explain your meaning, young man, which is Greek to me.--You must have another touch of blue in your trimming, my dear.' 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.
I thought I had separated you from all the world, and yet you have deceived me!' 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.
Snip! went the great scissors again while Tom was speaking, and he couldn't help feeling it was rather good fun; Maggie would look so queer.
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.