a nip in the air

informal
if there is a nip in the air, the weather is cold in an unpleasant way

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  • (a) nip in the air — a nip in the air informal phrase if there is a nip in the air, the weather is cold in an unpleasant way Thesaurus: cold weather and periods of cold weathersynonym Main entry: nip …   Useful english dictionary

  • (a) nip in the air — if there is a nip in the air, the air is cold. There s quite a nip in the air. I think you ll need your jacket on …   New idioms dictionary

  • Nip — may refer to:* Nip is a derogatory word for a Japanese person. It is derived from Nippon , the Japanese term for Japan. Usage in this context probably peaked around the time of World War II. It is seldom used this way today. Heard frequently on… …   Wikipedia

  • nip — nip1 [nıp] v past tense and past participle nipped present participle nipping [Date: 1300 1400; : Middle Low German; Origin: nipen] 1.) [I always + adverb/preposition] BrE informal to go somewhere quickly or for a short time = ↑pop ▪ Have we time …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • nip — nip1 [ nıp ] verb intransitive or transitive to bite someone gently: The dog kept nipping her fingers playfully. nip at: His teeth nipped at her neck. a. to squeeze something between your thumb and fingers: He nipped the end of his cigar and put… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • nip — nip1 /nip/, v., nipped, nipping, n. v.t. 1. to squeeze or compress tightly between two surfaces or points; pinch; bite. 2. to take off by pinching, biting, or snipping (usually fol. by off): He nipped off a piece of steak and gave it to the dog.… …   Universalium

  • nip — I UK [nɪp] / US verb Word forms nip : present tense I/you/we/they nip he/she/it nips present participle nipping past tense nipped past participle nipped 1) a) [intransitive] British informal to go somewhere quickly and for only a short time She s …   English dictionary

  • nip — I n. stinging cold (there is) a nip in the air II v. (colloq.) (BE) (P; intr.) ( to move quickly ) she nipped out and bought some bread * * * [nɪp] (colloq.) (BE) (P; intr.) ( to move quickly ) she nipped out and bought some bread [ stinging cold …   Combinatory dictionary

  • nip — I. verb (nipped; nipping) Etymology: Middle English nippen; akin to Middle Dutch nipen to pinch, Old Norse hnippa to prod Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to catch hold of and squeeze tightly between two surfaces, edges, or points ; pinch …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nip — 1. verb the child nipped her Syn: bite, nibble, peck; pinch, tweak, squeeze, grip 2. noun a nip in the air nip something in the bud Syn: chill, biting cold, iciness …   Thesaurus of popular words

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