slip

When you slip, you slide or skid unintentionally. A slip is also a kind of underwear you wear under a skirt. A Freudian slip, on the other hand, is a slip of the tongue.

You can slip on a damp or icy surface, and you can also slip by making a mistake or getting worse, as in "If the company doesn't sell more candy, their profits will slip." It also means "move in a sneaky or quiet way," so you might slip out of a birthday party before cake is served. As a noun, a slip can be a mistake, a fall, a piece of something (especially paper), or a skirt-like type of underwear.

Definitions of slip
  1. verb
    move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner
    synonyms: skid, slew, slide, slue
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    submarine
    move forward or under in a sliding motion
    skid
    slide without control
    side-slip
    slide sideways through the air in a downward direction in an airplane along an inclined lateral axis
    type of:
    glide
    move smoothly and effortlessly
  2. verb
    move out of position
    synonyms: dislocate, luxate, splay
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  3. verb
    get worse
    “My grades are slipping
    synonyms: drop away, drop off, fall away
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    backslide, lapse
    drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards
    type of:
    decline, worsen
    grow worse
  4. verb
    to make a mistake or be incorrect
    synonyms: err, mistake
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    misremember
    remember incorrectly
    slip up, stumble, trip up
    make an error
    misjudge
    judge incorrectly
    fall for
    be deceived, duped, or entrapped by
    underestimate, underrate
    make too low an estimate of
    overestimate, overrate
    make too high an estimate of
    miscalculate, misestimate
    judge incorrectly
  5. noun
    an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall
    “he blamed his slip on the ice”
    “the jolt caused many slips and a few spills”
    synonyms: trip
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    fall, spill, tumble
    a sudden drop from an upright position
    pratfall
    a fall onto your buttocks
    wipeout
    a spill in some sport (as a fall from a bicycle or while skiing or being capsized on a surfboard)
    type of:
    misadventure, mischance, mishap
    an instance of misfortune
  6. noun
    an unexpected slide
    synonyms: sideslip, skid
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    coast, glide, slide
    the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it
  7. noun
    a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.
    synonyms: miscue, parapraxis, slip-up
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    Freudian slip
    a slip-up that (according to Sigmund Freud) results from the operation of unconscious wishes or conflicts and can reveal unconscious processes in normal healthy individuals
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    error, fault, mistake
    a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
  8. noun
    a socially awkward or tactless act
  9. noun
    a flight maneuver; aircraft slides sideways in the air
    synonyms: sideslip
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    airplane maneuver, flight maneuver
    a maneuver executed by an aircraft
  10. verb
    move easily
    slip into something comfortable”
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    type of:
    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  11. verb
    move smoothly and easily
    “the bolt slipped into place”
    “water slipped from the polished marble”
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    break loose, escape, get away
    run away from confinement
  12. verb
    cause to move with a smooth or sliding motion
    “he slipped the bolt into place”
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  13. verb
    move stealthily
    “The ship slipped away in the darkness”
    synonyms: steal
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    type of:
    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  14. verb
    pass on stealthily
    “He slipped me the key when nobody was looking”
    synonyms: sneak
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    give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over
    place into the hands or custody of
  15. verb
    insert inconspicuously or quickly or quietly
    “He slipped some money into the waiter's hand”
  16. verb
    pass out of one's memory
    synonyms: slip one's mind
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    blank out, block, draw a blank, forget
    be unable to remember
  17. noun
    the act of avoiding capture (especially by cunning)
    synonyms: eluding, elusion
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    evasion
    the act of physically escaping from something (an opponent or a pursuer or an unpleasant situation) by some adroit maneuver
  18. noun
    bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow
    synonyms: case, pillow slip, pillowcase
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    type of:
    bed linen
    linen or cotton articles for a bed (as sheets and pillowcases)
  19. noun
    a woman's sleeveless undergarment
    synonyms: chemise, shift, shimmy, teddy
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    undergarment, unmentionable
    a garment worn under other garments
  20. noun
    a place where a craft can be made fast
    synonyms: berth, moorage, mooring
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    anchorage, anchorage ground
    place for vessels to anchor
  21. noun
    a slippery smoothness
    synonyms: slick, slickness, slipperiness
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    smoothness
    a texture without roughness; smooth to the touch
  22. noun
    a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting
    synonyms: cutting
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    quickset
    cuttings of plants set in the ground to grow as hawthorn for hedges or vines
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    stalk, stem
    a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
  23. noun
    a young and slender person
    “he's a mere slip of a lad”
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    spring chicken, young person, younker, youth
    a young person (especially a young man or boy)
  24. noun
    a small sheet of paper
    “a receipt slip
    synonyms: slip of paper
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    piece of paper, sheet, sheet of paper
    paper used for writing or printing
  25. noun
    artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material
    synonyms: strip
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    band
    a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)
    band, ring
    a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration)
    band
    a thin flat strip or loop of flexible material that goes around or over something else, typically to hold it together or as a decoration
    cramp, cramp iron
    a strip of metal with ends bent at right angles; used to hold masonry together
    reef
    one of several strips across a sail that can be taken in or rolled up to lessen the area of the sail that is exposed to the wind
    lead, leading
    thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
    mullion
    a nonstructural vertical strip between the casements or panes of a window (or the panels of a screen)
    ribbon, typewriter ribbon
    a long strip of inked material for making characters on paper with a typewriter
    screed
    an accurately levelled strip of material placed on a wall or floor as guide for the even application of plaster or concrete
    stay
    a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset)
    tab
    a short strip of material attached to or projecting from something in order to facilitate opening or identifying or handling it
    tape
    a long thin piece of cloth or paper as used for binding or fastening
    weather strip, weather stripping, weatherstrip, weatherstripping
    a narrow strip of material to cover the joint of a door or window to exclude the cold
    adhesive tape
    tape coated with adhesive
    armband
    a band worn around the upper arm
    arm band, armlet
    a band worn around the arm for decoration
    backband
    a broad band that passes over the back of a horse and supports the shafts of a vehicle
    bellyband
    a cloth band that is worn around the waist (as on infants until the navel has healed)
    collar, neckband
    a band that fits around the neck and is usually folded over
    collar
    a band of leather or rope that is placed around an animal's neck as a harness or to identify it
    garter, supporter
    a band (usually elastic) worn around the leg to hold up a stocking (or around the arm to hold up a sleeve)
    cincture, girdle, sash, waistband, waistcloth
    a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers
    headband
    a band worn around or over the head
    headpiece, headstall
    the band that is the part of a bridle that fits around a horse's head
    hoop, ring
    a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling
    inkle
    a linen tape used for trimming as a decoration
    elastic, elastic band, rubber band
    a narrow band of elastic rubber used to hold things (such as papers) together
    shoulder strap, strap
    a band that goes over the shoulder and supports a garment or bag
    sweatband
    a band of fabric or leather sewn inside the crown of a hat
    sweatband
    a band of material tied around the forehead or wrist to absorb sweat
    bracelet, watch bracelet, watchband, watchstrap, wristband
    a band of cloth or leather or metal links attached to a wristwatch and wrapped around the wrist
    webbing
    a narrow closely woven tape; used in upholstery or for seat belts
    mourning band, weed
    a black band worn by a man (on the arm or hat) as a sign of mourning
    wristband
    band consisting of a part of a sleeve that covers the wrist
    wrist band, wristlet
    a band or bracelet worn around the wrist
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    artefact, artifact
    a man-made object taken as a whole
  26. noun
    potter's clay that is thinned and used for coating or decorating ceramics
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    potter's clay, potter's earth
    clay that does not contain any iron; used in making pottery or for modeling
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