pip pip

EnglishEdit

InterjectionEdit

pip pip

  1. (Britain, colloquial) A general greeting, mostly used by the upper classes.
    Pip pip! What's going on here?
    • 1991, Gail Golden, A Little Bit of Magic, page 1:
      I can do a French accent or a German accent or a British accent. (Doing British accent) Pip, pip! Lovely day, isn't it?
  2. (Britain, colloquial) Used to create enthusiasm, mostly by the upper classes.
    Pip pip! Let's get out there and knock the stuffing out of 'em!
    • 1937 October, "Brant House" (staff of Ace Books, in this case G. T. Fleming-Roberts), The Assassins' League, Secret Agent X; reprinted 2006, Secret Agent "X" in The Assassins' League, page 24:
      Gee-Gee struck a Fifth Avenue attitude. "Home, James. My car and chauffeur awaits me lord in the alley. Pip-pip, big stuff."
    • 2013, Kim Foster, A Beautiful Heist, unnumbered page:
      "Right," Templeton said cheerfully, clapping his hands together. "Well, I'm going to leave you two kids to enjoy your champagne breakfast. Pip pip!"
    • 2014, Garry Bushell, Face Down, unnumbered page:
      "Cheerio Michael," he said loudly. "We'll go fly-fishing again soon, my boy."
      Pip pip, Mr Stevens.”

Usage notesEdit

Very rarely used in North America, where it is most likely to be considered humorous and is often used in a parody of British English speakers, particularly in "Pip pip, cheerio!" or "Pip pip, old chap!".