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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /flɪp/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪp

Etymology 1Edit

Alteration of earlier fillip, from Middle English filippen (to make a signal or sound with thumb and right forefinger, snap the fingers), an attenuated variation of Middle English flappen (to flap, clap, slap, strike). Cognate with Dutch flappen (to flap), German flappen (to flap).

NounEdit

flip (plural flips)

  1. A maneuver which rotates an object end over end.
    We'll decide this on a flip of a coin.
    The diver did a couple of flips before landing in the pool.
  2. A complete change of direction, decision, movement etc.
  3. (US, slang) A slingshot.
    • 1986, George Scarbrough, A summer ago (page 123)
      He loaded his flip and took careful aim at what he considered to be Emily's most vulnerable spot []
  4. A hairstyle popular among boys in the 1960's, 1970's, 2000's and 2010's, in which the hair goes halfway down the ears, at which point it sticks out
    Justin Bieber and Zac Efron are among the celebrities who wore a flip.
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VerbEdit

flip (third-person singular simple present flips, present participle flipping, simple past and past participle flipped)

  1. (transitive) To throw so as to turn over.
    You need to flip the pancake onto the other side.
    • 2011 September 16, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: New Zealand 83-7 Japan”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      However, the hosts hit back and hit back hard, first replacement hooker Andrew Hore sliding over, then Williams careering out of his own half and leaving several defenders for dead before flipping the ball to Nonu to finish off a scintillating move.
  2. (transitive) To put into a quick revolving motion through a snap of the thumb and index finger.
    If you can't decide which option to go for, flip a coin.
  3. (transitive, US politics) To win a state (or county) won by another party in the preceding elections
    Wisconsin had been Democratic for decades, but the Republicans flipped it in 2016.
  4. (intransitive, US) To turn state's evidence; to agree to testify against one's co-conspirators in exchange for concessions from prosecutors.
    The mafioso flipped on his superiors to get a lighter sentence.
  5. (transitive, US) To induce someone to turn state's evidence; to get someone to agree to testify against their co-conspirators in exchange for concessions.
    The district attorney was able to strengthen his case against the bank robber by flipping the getaway driver.
  6. (intransitive, slang) To go berserk or crazy.
    I'd flip if anyone broke my phone.
  7. (transitive, informal) To buy an asset (usually a house), improve it and sell it quickly for profit.
  8. (transitive, computing) To invert a bit (binary digit), changing it from 0 to 1 or from 1 to 0.
SynonymsEdit
  • (to throw, to turn over): turn, turn over
  • (to put into a quick revolving motion): toss
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Etymology 2Edit

Apparently a euphemism for fuck.

InterjectionEdit

flip

  1. (Britain, euphemistic) used to express annoyance, especially when the speaker has made an error.
    • 1967, Peter Shaffer, Black comedy, including White lies: two plays
      Impossible. He's dining out and coming on here after. He can't be reached. / Oh, flip!
    • 2000, Susan McKay, Northern Protestants
      "Oh flip, don't come near this place," she said. It was dangerous. The Catholics had banners up on the Garvaghy Road saying, 'No Protestants here'.
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Etymology 3Edit

Clipping of flippant

AdjectiveEdit

flip (comparative flipper, superlative flippest)

  1. (Britain, informal) Having the quality of playfulness, or lacking seriousness of purpose.
    I hate to be flip, but perhaps we could steal a Christmas tree.
  2. Sarcastic.
  3. (informal) Disrespectful.
    Don't get flip with me or I'll knock you into next Tuesday!
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Etymology 4Edit

Compare English dialect flip (nimble, flippant, also, a slight blow).

NounEdit

flip

  1. A mixture of beer, spirit, etc., stirred and heated by a hot iron (a flip dog).

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NounEdit

flip m (plural flips)

  1. a type of alcoholic punch from Normandy, composed of cider and calvados
  2. (gymnastics) backflip

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