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Nervousness or tension that causes an athlete to fail to perform effectively, especially in missing short putts in golf.
[Probably imitative of jerky motions caused by tension.]
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(General Sporting Terms) the yips informal (in golf) nervous twitching or tension that destroys concentration and spoils performance
[C20: of unknown origin]
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|Noun||1.||yips - nervous tension that causes an athlete to fail (especially causes golfers to miss short putts); "to avoid the yips he changed his style of putting"|
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