flip out

verb

flipped out; flipping out; flips out

intransitive verb

informal
: to lose one's reason or composure
She's going to flip out when she sees the great present I got her!
"We were flipping out [from worry] and crying," Yvonne White said. "It was just getting worse and worse."Sydney Page
especially : to become very angry
… he flipped out on the server when they messed up his wife's order. Ajani Bazile

transitive verb

informal
: to cause (someone) to lose reason or composure
But it wasn't until he saw a homemade e-bike in the back of a neighbor's pickup truck about five years ago that he truly fell in love. "It flipped me out. It looked like a tiny motorcycle," [Andrew] Willner said.Lissa Harris
"I fell asleep with my makeup on, and when I woke up, my eyes were swollen shut from an allergic reaction to the silver paint. I couldn't see a thing, and it flipped me out."Ace Frehley

Examples of flip out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ends of the pony were dramatically flipped out for a vintage vibe, a fun contrast against her super-modern dress. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 16 Jan. 2024 Then, the legs flip out perpendicular to the machine's bottom edge and provide stability. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 6 Oct. 2023 Feeling bad about flipping out can be a good thing, Dr. Kecmanovic says. Jenna Ryu, SELF, 4 Jan. 2024 But that means the system is more likely to flip out of (101) and into (010) than the other way around. Joseph Calamia, Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 Currently on sale for 38% off, this couch flips out into a lounger that kids 18 months and up can nap or play on. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 13 Dec. 2023 Parted a bit off-center, her hair is flipped out and away from her face in voluminous swoops, much like the blowouts that were popular in the '70s. Marci Robin, Allure, 24 Nov. 2023 It’s been about a month since the internet flipped out over Taylor Lautner‘s viral moment at a screening for Taylor Swift‘s Eras Tour film. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 8 Nov. 2023 Tarek and Heather Rae El Moussa are flipping out over son Tristan Jay on his first Halloween. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flip out was circa 1959

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Cite this Entry

“Flip out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flip%20out. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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