1. a street cry, often launched at passing cyclists (still a novelty in late 19C).
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 197/1: Pip-pip (Streets’). Hue and cry after any one, but generally a youth in striking bicycle costumery. Onomatope of the horn warning which sometimes replaces the bell of the bike.|
2. goodbye! hello!; also as v.
|Marvel 27 Oct. 384: Good luck to you, and good-bye! Pip-pip!|
|Damsel in Distress (1961) 104: ‘Toodleoo!’ ‘Good-bye.’ ‘Pip-pip!’.|
|Inimitable Jeeves 84: Well, pip-pip!|
|Dryblower’s Verses 71: Sal pulled it off and skedaddled—pip, pip!‘Mrs. Flanagan’s Frock’|
|Mapp and Lucia (1984) 52: Mr. Woolgar [...] did not say ‘So long’ or ‘Pip pip’.|
|Mating Season 23: We had skipped the customary pip-pippings.|
|Mad mag. Aug.–Sept. 13: Pip! Pip! The boat is in!|
|Breaking of Bumbo (1961) 44: Pip, pip, Emma.|
|Sel. Letters (1992) 407: Pip pip. Love to Caroleen & the Enormous Hound. Philip.letter 2 Nov. in Thwaite|
|(con. 1939) Evacuees Scene 29: Lots of love and keep warm. Pip, pip, pip. Your loving Mam and Dad.|
|Indep. Rev. 4 Sept. 20: Well, in that case, pip-pip!|
|Vatican Bloodbath 98: Tally ho! pip pip! Wogs ahoy! Arooga arooga!!|
|Good Girl Stripped Bare 59: Who in the House of Lords doesn’t indulge in sexual abuse? A dash of B&D, pip, pip, tally-ho!|
3. (also pip!) a toast, cheers!
|Nine Men of Soho 10: He lifted his glass and said ‘Pip.’.‘Welsh Rabbit of Soap’ in|
|It (1987) 346: Richie immediately fell into the Voice of Toodles the English Butler. ‘Why, I spent it, didn’t I, guv’nor? Pip-pip, cheerio, and all that rot!’.|