back·flip | \ ˈbak-ˌflip \

Definition of backflip 

: a backward somersault especially in the air

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Meanwhile, companies such as Boston Dynamics—which SoftBank bought from Google last year—are developing robots that can open doors, do backflips and carry heavy loads. David Meyer, Fortune, "Honda's Trailblazing ASIMO Robot Is Walking Off Into the Sunset," 29 June 2018 Cellphone video shows Bishop, who was off-duty and on vacation, doing a backflip at the Mile High Spirits club when his gun falls out of his waistband. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Judge: Dancing FBI agent, accused in backflip gunfire incident, can carry weapon again," 10 July 2018 Coe’s Instagram page was filled with pictures of the young man doing backflips off of boats and ledges. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Man who fell to his death was thrill-seeker who shared snaps of his adventures on social media," 7 July 2018 Meet @OSagapolu: Olive Sagapolu is 336 lbs Olive Sagapolu does backflipsOlive Sagapolu is our nose tackle 📷 — Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) May 22, 2018 3. Andy Staples,, "Nick Saban Doesn't Make the Transfer Rules; He Just Wants the SEC to Agree on Them," 29 May 2018 Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot has wowed us with a backflip and amused us with its iffy box-stacking abilities. NBC News, "Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot goes for a run in the burbs," 11 May 2018 For the first time in months, Orlando City striker Dom Dwyer had a reason to do a backflip. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City earns 2-1 win over Toronto FC, snaps nine-match MLS losing skid," 14 July 2018 Video footage shared with local media shows Bishop dancing in the middle of a circle of people before doing a backflip. Kathleen Foody,, "FBI agent wants to meet the patron shot by his fallen gun," 14 June 2018 In video obtained by ABC and local Denver TV station KMGH, the agent can be seen dancing and then doing a backflip when the gun falls from his holster mid-flip., "Dancing FBI Agent Accidentally Shoots Denver Bar Patron While Attempting to Flip: Police," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of backflip

1904, in the meaning defined above

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