The word ‘slip‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to unintentionally slide on a surface or move quietly/quickly.
- 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.
Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘slip’ in more detail and see some examples in use.
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