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.
Recent Examples on the Web On the flip side, only three of the country’s 26 Republican governors have imposed statewide face covering laws. oregonlive, "How does Oregon’s statewide mask law compare to 20 others around the nation? It’s more lenient than most.," 3 July 2020 On the flip side, 40% were sure of their support for Biden, as opposed to about one-third who felt similarly about the former real estate mogul and reality TV star. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "National poll puts Trump 12 points behind Biden," 2 July 2020 On the flip side, a good many other stocks—as might be expected— have had a terrible 2020 so far. Jen Wieczner, Fortune, "The best stocks of 2020 so far have made pandemic investors much richer," 1 July 2020 The architects of the AI systems described making careful choices about how much information to disclose to their users — and, on the flip side, what information to withhold from clinicians and patients. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "An experiment in end-of-life care: Tapping AI’s cold calculus to nudge the most human of conversations," 1 July 2020 On the flip side, during years of severe dust storms, coral seems to suffer or even die off. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Massive Sahara desert dust plume closing in on the United States," 26 June 2020 On the flip side, the bus does mean something to some of us who live here in interior Alaska. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Long Before the ‘Into the Wild’ Bus Was a Deadly Tourist Trap, It Was a Hunting Camp," 25 June 2020 On the flip side, during years of severe dust storms, coral seems to suffer or even die off. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Massive Sahara desert dust plume closing in on the United States," 24 June 2020 On the flip side, there are plenty of cisgender women who don’t menstruate for reasons such as menopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome, uterine disorders, and birth control regimens. Hannah Seo, Popular Science, "Trans people’s access to health care is imperiled, but a recent Supreme Court case might help," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of flip side

1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Jul 2020

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“Flip side.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flip%20side. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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flip side


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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