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CLIP, Clib, n.1 [klɪp Sc.; klɪb Gall., Uls.]

1. A colt, from the time it is weaned until it is set to work (Abd.2 1937). In Bnff. applied only to a young mare (Bnff.2 1937). The Uls. form is clib (1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.). E.D.D. gives clip for Per. and clib for Gall. Dim. clippie. Mry. 1909 Colville 147:
A colt was a clip and not the usual “staig.”
Abd. 1936 Thanksgivin' in Abd. Press and Jnl. (26 Oct.) 3/3:
A fairmer's wife it's fine to be, 'mong cauries an' the kye, The foalies an' the clippies an' the grumphies in the sty.

2. A pert or mischievous girl (Bnff.2, Abd.22, Lnk.3 1937). In Kcb. sometimes = smart girl, i.e. not necessarily uncomplimentary (Keb.11937). In Uls. applied to a child of either sex. Bch. 1924 J. Wight in Scots Mag. (Oct.) 56:
He's geen doon tae yon fite ship, an' oot o' it he's chosen a clip, an' he's made her Mrs Spicebox.
Kcb. 1936 (per Kcb.9):
That Meg's a rale wee clip, i.e. a pert child.
Dwn.(D) c.1880 W. G. Lyttle Robin's Readings II. 14:
He wuz the greatest yung clip a iver cum across, but raelly a cud not fin' in my heart tae be angry wi' him.

[Gael. cliobag, a colt (MacLennan), Ir. cliobóg, a colt, a filly (Dinneen).]

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