yips

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yips (uncountable)

  1. (informal) A nervous condition which prevents a sportsman from playing properly; especially a condition which causes a golfer to miss an easy putt, or a tennis player to serve a double fault.
    • 2013, William Fotheringham, The Guardian, Monday 13 May 2013:
      Defining precisely why a professional cyclist might lose his touch on descents is as difficult as explaining a golfer's yips or a striker's sudden inability to find the net. It happens rarely, most famously in the early 1990s; the double world champion Gianni Bugno suffered from it and only rediscovered his "flow" after being made to listen to Mozart to calm his nerves.
  2. plural form of yip

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Verb[edit]

yips

  1. third-person singular simple present indicative form of yip

References[edit]

  • OED 2nd edition 1989

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