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 for Nipping
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nip \Nip\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nipped, less properly Nipt;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Nipping.] [OE. nipen; cf. D. niipen to
     pinch, also knippen to nip, clip, pinch, snap, knijpen to
     pinch, LG. knipen, G. kneipen, kneifen, to pinch, cut off,
     nip, Lith. knebti.]
     1. To catch and inclose or compress tightly between two
        surfaces, or points which are brought together or closed;
        to pinch; to close in upon.
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              May this hard earth cleave to the Nadir hell,
              Down, down, and close again, and nip me flat,
              If I be such a traitress.             --Tennyson.
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     2. To remove by pinching, biting, or cutting with two meeting
        edges of anything; to clip.
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              The small shoots . . . must be nipped off.
                                                    --Mortimer.
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     3. Hence: To blast, as by frost; to check the growth or vigor
        of; to destroy.
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     4. To vex or pain, as by nipping; hence, to taunt.
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              And sharp remorse his heart did prick and nip.
                                                    --Spenser.
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     To nip in the bud, to cut off at the very commencement of
        growth; to kill in the incipient stage.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nipping \Nip"ping\, a.
     Biting; pinching; painful; destructive; as, a nipping frost;
     a nipping wind.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  nipping
      adj 1: capable of wounding; "a barbed compliment"; "a biting
             aphorism"; "pungent satire" [syn: barbed, biting,
             nipping, pungent, mordacious]
      2: pleasantly cold and invigorating; "crisp clear nights and
         frosty mornings"; "a nipping wind"; "a nippy fall day";
         "snappy weather" [syn: crisp, frosty, nipping, nippy,
         snappy]

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