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Please explain the meaning of the words in bold

people feel educational standards slipped when the goverment cut finances.

It's one of collocations I've learned but I can't see it in some dictionaries as well as guess its meaning. Thank you!

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Definitions of slip include:

  • "go into a worse state, often because a lack of control or care" (Cambridge)
  • "pass or change to a lower, worse, or different condition, typically in a gradual or imperceptible way" (Oxford)

So:

people feel educational standards slipped when the goverment cut finances.

means

people feel [that] educational standards worsened [or fell] when the goverment cut finances.

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