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KNIP, v., n.3 Also knipp; hnip. [knɪp, hnɪp]

I. v. To pull to pieces, to break off short with a jerk (Abd., Kcd., Dmf. (1960). Ppl.adj. knippin, of an edged tool: cutting away busily. Sh. 1908  Jak. (1928):
De coo knipped de tedder.
Sh. 1914  Angus Gl.:
He's hnippet da tap a da waand.
Abd. 1951  Buchan Observer (11 Dec.):
But poor Sandy at the knippin tapiner had no such respite.

II. n. A sharp, breaking noise, a crack, in phrs.: (1) to cry or gae knip-knap, to snap in two (Sc. a.1905 Greig and Keith Ballads (1925) 231); (2) to play knip (on), to strike (against) (Abd. c.1782 E.E.P. V. 774). (1) Sc. 1828  P. Buchan Ballads I. 281:
And three ribs o' the auld wife's side Gaed knip, knap, ower in twa.

[Onomat. Cf. Norw. dial. knippa, to snap, snatch, Du., L.Ger. knippen, to clip, snip.]

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