blip

blip
blip blip [blɪp] noun [countable]
a change in which a situation gets worse for a short time, and then usually gets better again soon afterwards:

• These are definitely not short-term investments and not for anyone who panics every time there is a blip in the stock market.

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blip UK US /blɪp/ noun [C] INFORMAL
a short period of time in which a situation gets worse before improving: »

The government is hoping that last week's strike was just a blip before the pay deals are settled.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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