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[zip] /zɪp/
noun
1.
a sudden, brief hissing sound, as of a bullet.
2.
Informal. energy; vim; vigor.
verb (used without object), zipped, zipping.
3.
to move with a zipping sound.
4.
Informal. to act or move with speed or energy:
I'll just zip upstairs.
verb (used with object), zipped, zipping. Informal.
5.
to convey with speed and energy:
I'll zip you downtown on my motorcycle.
6.
to add vitality or zest to (usually followed by up):
A little garlic zips up a salad.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; of expressive orig.
Synonyms
2. pep, dash, verve, vivacity, vitality.
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British Dictionary definitions for zip up

zip

/zɪp/
noun
1.
  1. Also called zip fastener. a fastening device operating by means of two parallel rows of metal or plastic teeth on either side of a closure that are interlocked by a sliding tab US and Canadian term zipper
  2. (modifier) having or equipped with such a device a zip bag
2.
a short sharp whizzing sound, as of a passing bullet
3.
(informal) energy; vigour; vitality
4.
(US, slang) nothing
5.
(sport, US & Canadian, slang) nil
verb zips, zipping, zipped
6.
(transitive) often foll by up. to fasten (clothing, a bag, etc) with a zip
7.
(intransitive) to move with a zip the bullet zipped past
8.
(intransitive; often foll by along, through, etc) to hurry; rush they zipped through town
9.
(transitive) (computing) to compress (a file) in order to reduce the amount of memory required to store it or to make sending it electronically quicker
Word Origin
C19: of imitative origin

Zip

/zɪp/
noun
1.
trademark (NZ) an electric water heater
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Word Origin and History for zip up
zip
"move rapidly," 1852, of echoic origin. Zippy is first attested 1904. Zip gun "homemade pistol" first recorded 1950.
zip
"zero," 1900, student slang for a grade of zero on a test, etc.; of unknown origin; cf. zilch.
zip
"to close or fasten by means of a zipper," 1932, back-formation from zipper.
zip
1963, in U.S. postal ZIP code, an acronym for Zone Improvement Plan, no doubt chosen with conscious echo of zip (v.1).
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Slang definitions & phrases for zip up

zip 1

noun
  1. A mark or grade of zero
  2. Zero; nothing; a score of zero; zilch: People aren't exactly beating down the doors to buy California port. ''The market is zip, zero, and not too much''/ dipped into your moneybag and found zippo
Related Terms

not give a damn, not know beans

[1900+ Students; like zilch, probably coined from a familiar word beginning with z]


zip 2

noun

Energy; vitality; vim; pizzazz, zing: There is a zip and a zing here/ bounced back with the real zippo

[1900+; echoic of the sound of something swishing rapidly through the air, giving an impression of force, and also of the tearing of cloth; such a use is attested fr 1875]


zip 3

noun

A Vietnamese; dink

[Vietnam War; said to be fr zero intelligence]


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Related Abbreviations for zip up

zip

compressed file

ZIP

  1. zone improvement plan
  2. Zone Information Protocol
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