fillip

Part of speech: verb

To strike by or as by a fillip.

Part of speech: noun

A snap or blow with the end of a finger; hence, incitement.

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Usage examples "fillip":

  1. Sunday morning church is a this- world function with a pietized gossip and a decorous sort of sociable with an intellectual fillip thrown in. - "Preaching and Paganism", Albert Parker Fitch.
  2. Roustan misunderstood me, though his hint Serves as a fillip to a flaccid brain.... - "The Dynasts An Epic-Drama Of The War With Napoleon, In Three Parts, Nineteen Acts, And One Hundred And Thirty Scenes", Thomas Hardy.
  3. And Father Marty gave a fillip with his fingers. - "An Eye for an Eye", Anthony Trollope.