yips

yip

[yip]
verb (used without object), yipped, yipping.
1.
to bark sharply, as a young dog.
noun
2.
a sharp bark; yelp.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English yippe, perhaps alteration of yilpe yelp

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yips (jɪps)
 
pl n
informal the yips (in sport, originally esp golf) nervous twitching or tension that destroys concentration and spoils performance
 
[C20: of unknown origin]

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yip
1903, possibly from dial. yip "to cheep like a bird" (early 19c.), from M.E. yippen (1440), of imitative origin.
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