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fillip n : anything that tends to arouse; "his approval was an added fillip" [syn: bonus]

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ca. 1425–75; Middle English philippe to make a sound with right forefinger and thumb; uncert. orig. a fillip gradually became “something of small importance; a trifle.” “The rest is not worth a fillip with the finger.” And, the word could also express a short space of time (perhaps the time it took to “flick” the finger). “The a fillip of the finger was down in the gardens of Riu Gu.” Only in the 18th and 19th centuries did its current usage, as encouragement or stimulus, tend to dominate.


  • /ˈfɪllɪp/
  1. A flick; the act of releasing the index finger from the hold of a thumb with a snap.
  2. Something that excites or stimulates.
    This measure gave a fillip to the housing market.
    This athlete's victory provided a much-needed fillip for national pride.


the act of releasing the index finger from the hold of a thumb with a snap
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Extensive Definition

Showbiz is the debut album by Muse, a rock band from Devon, first released 9 September 1999 by Mushroom Records. The album was produced by John Leckie at Sawmill Studios, Cornwall. The tracks "Uno", "Cave", "Muscle Museum", "Sunburn", and "Unintended" were released as singles. The album has gone platinum in the United Kingdom since its release and has sold 900,000 copies worldwide. It failed to chart in the US and sold 100,000 copies.

Track listing

All songs by Matthew Bellamy, except where noted.
  1. "Sunburn" – 3:54
  2. "Muscle Museum" – 4:23
  3. "Fillip" – 4:01
  4. "Falling Down" – 4:34
  5. "Cave" (Bellamy/Wolstenholme) – 4:46
  6. "Showbiz" – 5:16
  7. "Unintended" – 3:57
  8. "Uno" – 3:38
  9. "Sober" – 4:04
    • "Spiral Static" (bonus track between "Sober" and "Escape" on Japanese release) – 4:44
  10. "Escape" – 3:31
  11. "Overdue" – 2:26
  12. "Hate This & I'll Love You" – 5:09




  • Muscle Museum" reached #43 on its initial release in 1999. It reached #25 when it was re-released in 2000.
  • None of the singles charted in the U.S. Modern Rock chart.
  • All singles were released on double CD and 7" vinyl, except for "Uno" which was released on one CD single and 7" vinyl.

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