fillip NOUN a stimulus or boost.
ORIGIN from an archaic sense of the word meaning 'a flick with the fingers' .

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  • Fillip — Fil lip (f[i^]l l[i^]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Filliped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Filliping}.] [For filp, flip. Cf. {Flippant}.] 1. To strike with the nail of the finger, first placed against the ball of the thumb, and forced from that position with a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fillip — песня британской альтернативной рок группы группы дебютного альбома Продюсер: Джон Леки. Впервые сыграна в Лондонском театре Астория 10 апреля 1999 года. Группа отмечала, что песня записана под влиянием Nirvana. Само слово Fillip означает… …   Википедия

  • fillip — [fil′ip] n. [echoic extension of FLIP1: see CHIRRUP, CHIRP] 1. the snap made by a finger which is held down toward the palm by the thumb and then suddenly released 2. a light blow or tap given in this way 3. anything that stimulates or livens up; …   English World dictionary

  • Fillip — Fil lip, n. 1. A jerk of the finger forced suddenly from the thumb; a smart blow. [1913 Webster] 2. Something serving to rouse or excite. [1913 Webster] I take a glass of grog for a filip. Dickens. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fillip — index inducement, stimulate, stimulus Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fillip — (v.) mid 15c., philippen to flip something with the fingers, snap the fingers, possibly of imitative origin. As a noun, from 1520s, fyllippe …   Etymology dictionary

  • fillip — I. transitive verb Etymology: probably of imitative origin Date: 15th century 1. a. to make a filliping motion with b. to strike or tap with a fillip < filliped him on the nose > 2. to project quickly by or as if by a fillip < fillip crumbs off… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fillip — /fil euhp/, v.t. 1. to strike with the nail of a finger snapped from the end of the thumb. 2. to tap or strike smartly. 3. to drive by or as by a fillip: Anticipation filliped his passion. v.i. 4. to make a fillip with the fingers. n. 5. an act… …   Universalium

  • fillip — [[t]fɪ̱lɪp[/t]] fillips N COUNT: usu sing, oft N to/for n If someone or something gives a fillip to an activity or person, they suddenly encourage or improve them. [WRITTEN] The news gave a fillip to the telecommunications sector... This will… …   English dictionary

  • fillip — n. & v. n. 1 a stimulus or incentive. 2 a a sudden release of a finger or thumb when it has been bent and checked by a thumb or finger. b a slight smart stroke given in this way. v. (filliped, filliping) 1 tr. stimulate (fillip one s memory). 2… …   Useful english dictionary

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