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flip

verb \ ˈflip \
Updated on: 10 May 2018

Definition of flip

flipped; flipping
1 : to toss so as to cause to turn over in the air
  • flip a coin
  • flip a pancake
; also : toss
  • flip me the ball
  • flip one end of the scarf over your shoulder
2 a : to cause to turn and especially to turn over
  • flipped the car
  • flipping the pages of a book
b : to move with a small quick motion
  • flip a switch
c : to turn (something) on or off with a switch
  • flip on/off the lights
d : to change or move through (channels, stations, etc.) quickly
  • flipping channels with the remote control
3 : to buy and usually renovate (real estate) so as to quickly resell at a higher price
  • He's flipped three houses for a substantial profit.
4 : to cause or persuade (a witness) to cooperate in prosecuting a criminal case against an associate
  • … wrote that the … probe seemed to have reached the stage where investigators are in the process of flipping witnesses.
  • —Nancy LeTourneau
1 : to make a twitching or flicking movement
  • the fish flipped and flopped on the deck
2 a : to turn or roll from one side to the other : turn over
  • The crab had flipped onto its back.
  • The car flipped over.
b : to do a somersault in the air : to do a flip
  • He flipped off the diving board.
3 a : to change from one state, position, subject, etc., to another
  • The job market flipped from hot to cold.
  • The commercial flipped back and forth between scenes of country life and city life.
b : to change or move through channels, pages, etc.
  • He sat on the couch flipping through the channels.
  • flip to another station
  • flip through the pages of a magazine
c : to cooperate in the prosecution of a criminal case against an associate
  • Before sentencing, two more members defected…. And, soon after receiving his 45-year sentence in May 1989, Leonetti flipped, too.
  • —Marguerite Del Giudice
4 slang
a : to lose one's mind or composure often used with out
  • The patient flipped out in manic behavior.
  • She flipped out when she heard about her son's accident.
b : to become very enthusiastic

Examples of flip in a Sentence

  1. She was sitting in the waiting room, flipping the pages of a magazine.

  2. His car flipped over on the interstate.

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Origin and Etymology of flip

probably imitative

flip Synonyms

Synonyms

leaf, riffle, skim, thumb;

Near Antonyms

pore (over);

study;

Related Words

browse, dip;

glance (at), look over, scan;


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flip

noun

Definition of flip

1 : a mixed drink usually consisting of a sweetened spiced liquor with beaten eggs
2 : an act or instance of flipping
3 : the motion used in flipping
4 : a somersault especially in the air
5 : a holder for a collectible coin made of vinyl or cardboard with a plastic window and often having a sleeve in which to place an identifying insert

Examples of flip in a Sentence

  1. the flip of a coin

  2. She turned on the lights with the flip of a switch.

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Origin and Etymology of flip

see 1flip

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms


Examples of flip in a Sentence

  1. made some flip comment about the marriage between the old man and the considerably younger woman

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Origin and Etymology of flip

see 1flip


FLIP Defined for English Language Learners

flip

Definition of flip for English Language Learners

  • : to turn (something) over by throwing it up in the air with a quick movement

  • : to cause (something) to turn or turn over quickly

  • : to move (something) with a quick light movement


flip

Definition of flip for English Language Learners

  • : the act of flipping something : a quick turn, toss, or movement

  • : an athletic movement in which someone jumps in the air and rolls forward or backward : a somersault in the air


flip

Definition of flip for English Language Learners

  • : not serious


FLIP Defined for Kids

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flip

verb \ ˈflip \

Definition of flip for Students

flipped; flipping
: to move or turn by or as if by tossing
  • flip a coin
  • flip a switch

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flip

noun

Definition of flip for Students

1 : a quick turn, toss, or movement
  • the flip of a coin
2 : a somersault in the air


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