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Slip, vb. 1) intr. a) to glide, to pass imperceptibly: “let the world s.” Shr. Ind. 2, 146 (cf. “let the world slide,” 1, 6; and H4A IV, 3, 96). Especially == to pass unnoticed: “let not advantage s.” Ven. 129. “laws . . . which for these nineteen years we have let s.” Meas. I, 3, 21. “let him let the matter s.” Tw. III, 4, 314. With away: “you might s. away ere he came,” Wiv. IV, 2, 54. “to s. away with Slender,” IV, 6, 23. “the snake did s. away into a bush,” As IV, 3, 113. With from or out of: “then s. I from her bum,” Mids. II, 1, 53. “if I could have remembered a gilt counterfeit, thou wouldst not have --ed out of my contemplation,” Troil. II, 3, 28. “a thing --ed idly from me,” Tim. I, 1, 22. that from it (the mind) “all consideration --s,” IV, 3, 196.
b) to start for the game; a coursing term used of greyhounds, but only in the phrase to let s.: “before the game is afoot, thou still let'st s.” H4A I, 3, 278. “holding Corioli in the name of Rome, even like a fawning greyhound in the leash, to let him s. at will,” Cor. I, 6, 39. “let s. the dogs of war,” Caes. III, 1, 273. ("We let s. a greyhound, and we cast off a hound". Art of Venerie).
c) to commit an offence: “you would have --ed like him,” Meas. II, 2, 65. “one so wise should s. so grossly,” V, 477. “that you --ed noth with any but with us,” Wint. I, 2, 85.
2) trans. a) to let pass unnoticed, not to be observant of, to neglect: “we had --ed our claim until another age,” H6C II, 2, 162. “I have almost --ed the hour,” Mcb. II, 3, 52. “the bonds of heaven are --ed, dissolved and loosed,” Troil. V, 2, 156.
b) to make or let loose: from which (yoke) “even here I s. my weary neck,” R3 IV, 4, 112. “we'll s. you for a season,” Cymb. IV, 3, 22. Used of greyhounds allowed to start for the game: “Lucentio --ed me like his greyhound,” Shr. V, 2, 52.
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