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yips

Meaning: (in phrase the yips) nervous tension that causes mistakes

For example:

  • Tiger Woods never seems to get the yips. He always looks calm, even when he's playing a very important shot.

  • A champion golfer needs to know how to avoid getting the yips.

Note: This word is always used with "the", as in "the yips", and is usually used in relation to sport, especially golf.

Quick Quiz:

Golfers get the yips because they can't control
  1. their nerves
  2. their balls
  3. their caddies

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