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

Definition of backflip

: a backward somersault especially in the air

Examples of backflip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Biles made history at the U.S. Classic in Indianapolis simply by trying the maneuver, which involves a roundoff onto the springboard, a handspring onto the vault and a double backflip in a pike position before the landing. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2021 While the villainess has the early upper hand, flooring Nicky with a backflip and astounding mid-air kick in the shoulder, Nicky strikes back, kicking Zhilan in the face and forcing the dagger out of her reach. Max Gao, Vulture, 12 May 2021 Taking big risks, attempting a triple backflip off the high dive, is gloriously entertaining. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Apr. 2021 From someone running through the stop sign to a guy getting out of his car to do a backflip to a group of people acting out a lightsaber duel, the intersection has taken on a life of its own. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 9 Apr. 2021 Twenty-three seconds into the clip, Miller soars out over a drop, does a backflip, lands on the slope and unintentionally sets off an avalanche near Big Sky, Montana. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 Deputy project manager Matt Wallace said he was inspired several years ago to film Perseverance's harrowing descent when his young gymnast daughter wore a camera while performing a backflip. Marcia Dunn, Chron, 22 Feb. 2021 Regarding Donald Trump, Brent III performed a Lindsey Graham-style backflip. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 19 Feb. 2021 Grant does a handstand, Grant does a backflip, and love conquers all., 4 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of backflip

1904, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jun 2021

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“Backflip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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