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Monday, May 25, 2009

Definitions for fillip

  1. A snap of the finger forced suddenly from the thumb; a smart blow.
  2. Something serving to rouse or excite; a stimulus.
  3. A trivial addition; an embellishment.

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Citations for fillip
If any one in Mirgorod gives him a neckerchief or underclothes, he returns thanks; if any one gives him a fillip on the nose--he returns thanks then also. Nikolai Gogol,
You fillip me o' the head. Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida
Origin of fillip
late Middle English
1425-1475
Fillip is probably of imitative origin.