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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On the flip side though, Elizabeth was getting pressured by her husband to take his last name. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why Queen Elizabeth II's Last Name Sparked A Lot of Drama With Prince Philip," 4 Feb. 2019 These motives range from curiosity and natural competitiveness to altruism and altruism’s frequent flip side: hubris. John Donvan, WSJ, "‘The Class’ Review: Science-Fair Confidential," 16 Dec. 2018 On the grimier, infinitely more frustrating, imminently damaging flip side, the Seahawks’ defense has allowed 309 rushing yards, 6.9 yards per carry and three rushing touchdowns in their last two games (both losses). Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks need to solve struggling run defense to make a realistic playoff push," 13 Nov. 2018 The flip side: Apple has a huge base of users — the company said its users had 1.3 billion active devices this past January — and could dramatically increase the papers’ reach. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Apple is talking to big newspapers about joining its subscription service," 7 Sep. 2018 The flip side: often the USTA has put in years of work (and years of financing) to incubate careers. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Is Current Form or Past Slam Performance a Better Indicator of Success in Majors?," 27 June 2018 The flip side: Administration officials feel the economy has enough strength to allow the U.S. to throw its weight around overseas. David Lauter, latimes.com, "For Trump, a focus on nuclear diplomacy provides a welcome change of topic," 10 May 2018 On the flip side, straight hair can get more voluminous because your hair cuticles are roughed up by the dye. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "5 Things You Need To Know Before Going Platinum," 17 Dec. 2018 Once again, the parties flipped sides on whether the nuclear option was justified. CBS News, "Nuclear option: Why Trump's Supreme Court pick needs only 51 votes," 9 July 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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