nip

nip
Ⅰ.
nip [1] VERB (nipped, nipping) 1) pinch, squeeze, or bite sharply. 2) (of cold or frost) cause pain or harm to. 3) Brit. informal go quickly.
NOUN 1) an act of nipping. 2) a feeling of biting cold.
nip in the bud — Cf. ↑nip in the bud
ORIGIN probably Low German or Dutch.
Ⅱ.
nip [2] NOUN a small quantity or sip of spirits.
ORIGIN probably an abbreviation of archaic nipperkin «small measure».

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