flip side


Definition of flip side 

1 : the reverse and usually less popular side of a phonograph record

2 : a reverse or opposite side, aspect, or result the flip side of deficient saving … is overconsumption— R. S. Gay

Examples of flip side in a Sentence

That song was on the flip side of their first single. Loss of privacy is the flip side of fame.

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There is, however, a flip side to Mr. Trump’s speech and behavior. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "The Elitists’ Trump Excuse," 23 Apr. 2018 San Francisco’s hotel owners and managers are increasingly frustrated that their gorgeous city, with its many museums, fine restaurants and scenic vistas, has an ever-deteriorating, dismaying flip side to the postcard. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF tourist industry struggles to explain street misery to horrified visitors," 30 Jan. 2018 On the flip side, as the big man era has faded, Howard has been passed around the league. Candace Buckner, Houston Chronicle, "Ex-Rocket Dwight Howard officially signs with Wizards," 13 July 2018 On the flip side, as the big man era has faded, Howard has been passed around the league. baltimoresun.com, "Digest (July 12): United States roars past Iroquois in first game at FIL World Championship," 12 July 2018 On the flip side, bad weather forced Monday finishes in three of the final seven tournaments played in March. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "PGA sets schedule, officially reinstates true Florida Swing," 10 July 2018 On the flip side, for the minority of people who are early birds with clocks that are shorter than 24 hours, adjusting to going east is easier, says Sabra Abbott, a neurologist at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, "Time-zone changes can leave people worried about jet lag," 7 July 2018 On the flip side, audio quality is much better when using the MW50+ with the on-ear pads. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Master & Dynamic MW50+ review: weak magnetism," 5 July 2018 On the flip side, much has been made about how many times the Brewers have been shut out, and deservedly so. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Numbers tell the story of the Brewers' offensive ups and downs," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of flip side

1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of flip side

: the side of a record that has a song which is not as popular and well known as the one on the other side

: the bad or unpleasant part or result of something

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