back·​flip | \ ˈbak-ˌflip How to pronounce backflip (audio) \

Definition of backflip

: a backward somersault especially in the air

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From backflips out of the balconies to suplexes off the top rope to the concrete floor, this isn’t your granddaddy’s version of professional wrestling. Adam Abdalla, Dallas News, "New Japan Pro-Wrestling makes its live Dallas debut tonight — and you can thank Mark Cuban for it," 6 July 2019 But as Bishop performs a backflip, a handgun falls from his waistband holster onto the dance floor. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Dancing FBI agent who shot man after backflip at Denver bar gets his gun back," 10 July 2018 Bishop’s story went viral after a video circulated on June 3 appeared to show him dropping a handgun while performing a backflip in Denver’s Mile High Spirits distillery. Eli Meixler, Time, "The FBI Agent Accused of Accidental Shooting During a Backflip Has Been Arrested," 13 June 2018 Video from the June 3 incident shows Bishop landing a backflip at the Mile High Spirits bar, and reaching down to pick up the weapon that had fallen from his pants. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Dancing FBI agent booked into jail over back flip gunfire," 12 June 2018 While Boston Dynamics' bipedal robot is busy doing backflips, researchers at the University of Tokyo have been taking a different approach to figuring out bipedal robot motion. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "This Walking Robot Cuts Corners By Just Flying," 16 Aug. 2018 And wondered about how to do a backflip with the plane. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Airport Employee Steals Plane, Does Tricks, Crashes," 12 Aug. 2018 Check out the messages on both Twitter and Instagram for yourself, below: Naturally, the Internet is doing backflips over this news. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Expecting Their First Child," 15 Oct. 2018 The performance included stadium-style seats, gymnastics, and even backflips. Temi Adebowale, Good Housekeeping, "Junior New System From 'America's Got Talent' Blew Every Single Judge Away," 15 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of backflip

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backflip was in 1904

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