The word ‘slip‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to unintentionally slide on a surface or move quietly/quickly.

For example:

  • I slipped on the ice and broke my ankle. (unintentionally slide).
  • I’ll slip out before midnight if the party is rubbish. (move quietly/quickly).


Slip is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is slipped.

phrasal verbs with slip

Phrasal verbs with ‘slip’ include:

  • slip away
    meaning – leave without being noticed or lose an opportunity
    example – City are 2-0 down at half-time. Their title hopes are rapidly slipping away.
  • slip by
    meaning – lose an opportunity or pass without being seen
    example – My dreams of going to Oxford are slipping by.
  • slip down
    meaning – slide to the floor
    example – My mum slipped down on the ice and broke her arm.
  • slip in
    meaning – secretly include something
    example – We can’t take the kids tonight. I think the comedian is going to slip in some rude jokes.
  • slip into
    meaning – change your clothes or slowly get into a bad state or condition
    example – After the war, the country slipped into recession.
  • slip off
    meaning – leave discretely, easily remove clothing or slide off a surface
    example – The car slipped off the road and down the embankment.
  • slip on
    meaning – quickly put on clothing or fall on a slippery surface
    example – Let me slip on a jacket then I’m ready for our dog walk.
  • slip out
    meaning – leave
    example – We slipped out when Harry opened the whiskey.
  • slip through
    meaning – be accepted even though it shouldn’t or escape through a gap
    example – The coin slipped through my fingers and fell down the drain.
  • slip up
    meaning – make a mistake
    example – I hope I don’t slip up and tell my dad about his surprise party.

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phrasal verbs with slip

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘slip’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with slip - slip away
phrasal verbs with slip - slip by
phrasal verbs with slip - slip down
phrasal verbs with slip - slip in
phrasal verbs with slip - slip into
phrasal verbs with slip - slip off
phrasal verbs with slip - slip on
phrasal verbs with slip - slip out
phrasal verbs with slip - slip through
phrasal verbs with slip - slip up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with slip below.

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