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Slang

yips

This page is about the slang term 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

a. their nerves

b. their balls

c. their caddies

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Contributor: Matt Errey