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SLIP, n.2 Sc. usages of Eng. slip, a plant, cutting, anything thin or slender, a young person.

1. The skirt or flaps of a saddle. Edb. 1735  Caled. Mercury (23 Jan.):
A new Saddle and Slip, with Stirrups, Houzing, Pistol cases and Bridle.

2. An implement used by a baker, phs. a form of peel for lifting or moving loaves or cakes. Rnf. 1846  A. M'Gilvray Poems (1862) 327:
Lay by the prickles, slips, and pins, The barrels, broads, and setters.

3. A measure of yarn, usually in the form of a two-pound hank, and consisting of 12 Cuts (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., Rxb. 1970). See quots. Now only dial. in Eng. Hence slipping, n., a skein or hank of yarn contaimng one slip. Rxb. 1735  Stitchill Ct. Bk. (S.H.S.) 192:
The said Ninian has six Slyes [sic] of her yarn in his possession.
Edb. 1739  Caled. Mercury (8 May):
4 Spinnel of Yarn, of 6 Slips in the Pound.
e.Lth. 1741  Caled. Mercury (17 Nov.):
The different Prizes for Yarn, from 6 to 10 Slipping and above.
Ayr. 1793  W. Fullarton Agric. Ayr. 78:
1 cut, is equal to 5 score threads, or turns of the reel; — 2 cuts, make one hear: — 12 cuts, one hank, hasp, or slip.
Slk. 1795  Stat. Acc.1 II. 308:
A stone of the finest [wool] . . . will yield 32 slips of yarn.
Slk. 1869  D. Bremner Industries 190:
100 slips can now be spun on the mule for 1s 6d.

[O.Sc. slippe, of yarn, 1598.]

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