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Meaning of fillip

fil•lip

Pronunciation: (fil'up), [key]
— 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.
  1. to make a fillip with the fingers.
—n.
  1. an act or instance of filliping; a smart tap or stroke.
  2. anything that tends to rouse, excite, or revive; a stimulus: Praise is an excellent fillip for waning ambition.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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