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    give somebody the pip

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Besides, this place gives me the pip. It’s half dead – and I’m not going to die with it, thank you.
    to get the pip: become depressed, despondent, or unwell

    to give a person the pip: to annoy or irritate; to make angry, bad-tempered, or dispirited.

    give somebody the pip = arouse unfriendliness into somebody

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regard,

    V

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    Re: give somebody the pip

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Besides, this place gives me the pip. Itís half dead Ė and Iím not going to die with it, thank you.
    to get the pip: become depressed, despondent, or unwell

    to give a person the pip: to annoy or irritate; to make angry, bad-tempered, or dispirited.

    give somebody the pip = arouse unfriendliness into somebody

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regard,

    V
    It's a little different from just becoming depressed: If a place or a person "gives you the pip", it annoys you too.

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