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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HIP, v., n.2 See also Hap, v.2, n.2

I. v. 1. intr. To hop, skip (Rxb. 1825 Jam.; Mry.1 1925; Rxb. 1957). Hence hipper, one who hops (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., Rxb. 1957).Sc. 1710 T. Ruddiman Gl. to Douglas Aeneis, s.v. hoppand:
In some places of Scotland they call it Hipping, in other Happing; and commonly understand by it leaping or jumping on one leg.
Rnf. 1807 R. Tannahill Poems (1876) 272:
Sic hippin' an' skippin', An' springin' an' flingin'.
Bnff. 1856 J. Collie Poems 122:
I cou'd hae sprang a ditch as clean As ony stag That ever hippit o'er a green.
Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 4:
An a feelin-herteet yallih-yorleen, hippin alang the deike.

2. tr. To miss, pass over, omit to take into account, skip (Sc. 1808 Jam.; n.Sc. 1877 Jam.; Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.; Sh., Fif., m.Lth. 1957). Rarely with double obj., to excuse one from something.Per. 1753 A. Nicol Rural Muse 51:
Ay skipping and hipping The words I most intended.
Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 1:
They [the students] 'll hip the maist fek o' their lear, Sin Gregory's dead.
Bch. 1804 W. Tarras Poems 28:
No; rather let's ilk daintie sip, . . . An' ev'ry adverse bliffert hip.
Edb. 1828 D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch (1839) xii.:
We were hippet the morning parade.
Ayr. 1834 Galt Lit. Life III. 54:
Babby . . . could read the tenth chapter of Nehemiah without hipping a word.
Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xiii.:
We had been gaen back an' fore . . . never hippin' a single Friday nicht.
Sh. 1892 G. Stewart Fireside Tales 249:
Whin da sprootins cam' up pieces o' furs wir hipped here an' dere a' ower da rig.
Sh.10 1957:
Whan he named da bairns he hippid oot Jeemie.

3. Phrs. & Combs.: (1) hip-hop, with repeated hops; (2) hippin-block, the block used in the game of hopscotch (Mry. 1957); (3) hippin'-stane, a stepping stone (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., Rxb. 1957). Also found in n.Eng. dial.; (4) hip-the-beds, the game of hopscotch (Ayr.4 1928); also hippan bed(dies) (Mry.1 1925; ‡Abd. 1957); (5) to hip-step, to hop about.(1) Sc. 1818 Scott H. Midlothian xxx.:
I used to laugh to see George gang hip-hop like him!
Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 182:
Arnold's nakit ghaist was seen . . . Loupin' hip-hop frae spire tae spire.
(5) Rnf. a.1810 R. Tannahill Poems (1876) 361:
Then she reelt out o the door in a jig, Wi auld Rabbie hip-steppin behint her.

II. n. 1. The act of hopping, a hop (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Ayr., Rxb. 1957). Hence hip-step-an'- (a) lowp, hop, step and jump (Watson, Rxb. 1957).Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 6:
Duist a hip-step-an-a-lowp, an A cam on o another kenspeckle landmerk — Peinelheuch.

2. An omission, the act of passing over (Sc. 1808 Jam.).

[O.Sc. tr. to skip, pass over, from 1487, E.M.E. hip, Mid.Eng. hippen, O.E. hyppan, to hop.]

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