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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The flip side is members must follow the rules and agree to negotiate free-trade accords as a bloc. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Deciphering Brexit: Q&A on the Latest Twists and Turns," 10 July 2018 Remember, too, that there’s a flip side to Cousins. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors: A temporary, fascinating spectacle," 3 July 2018 The flip side is that there are plenty of teams that have made it through three months on grit. David Murphy, Philly.com, "The Phillies think they are for real. Who are we to argue? | David Murphy," 2 July 2018 The flip side is the risk that comes with new players. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "The hits and misses of Rangers drafts during Daniels era," 3 June 2018 And the flip side is also true: People who are nonwhite, secular, and liberal have aligned with Democrats. Alvin Chang, Vox, "The stories Fox News covers obsessively — and those it ignores — in charts," 30 May 2018 Smedley knows there’s a flip side to that argument. Eric Boodman, STAT, "Sign up for our biotech newsletter, The Readout," 8 May 2018 The flip side will be that people who need medical care will pay a lot more. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Republican Campaign Message: We Had to Jack Up Your Insurance Premiums to Help the Poor," 19 Apr. 2018 Now, the flip side to Darnold are the turnovers, and not just interceptions, but fumbles. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Quarterbacks will shape the top of NFL draft while Bears enjoy the view," 13 Apr. 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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