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Difference between Clip one’s words and Clip the King’s English

clip one’s words—speak with affected clarity or precise articulation:

  • Although he was usually fairly easy to understand, he had a habit of clipping his words so that they sounded extremely precise.

clip the King’s English—(UK dated) pronounce words hurriedly and indistinctly when drunk (also: clip the Queen’s English):

  • I only drink to get mauled but it’s rare to find me clipping the King’s English in these places.