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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

v.

"move rapidly," 1852, of echoic origin. Related: Zipped; zipping. Zip gun "homemade pistol" first recorded 1950.

"to close or fasten by means of a zipper," 1932, back-formation from zipper. Related: Zipped; zipping.

n.

"zero," 1900, student slang for a grade of zero on a test, etc.; of unknown origin; cf. zilch.

adj.

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

zinger

noun
  1. A quip, esp one that is somewhat cruel and aggressive; a funny crack or punch line: Watt's offthe-cuff zingers have been a frequent source of pain for the Reagan Administration/ The plump little actor is polished and funny; his zingers stay zung
  2. A quick and sharp response; a sturdy retort: get right in there with Williams, stand eyeball to eyeball, and plant the zinger on him, bang, or else you would be dismissed (1950+)

zingy

adjective

Full of energy and vigor; peppy, zippy: written by no less than the zingy Nora Ephron/ Zingy Zeroes, Wall Street's hot bonds (1948+)


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]


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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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