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: with repeated strokes and noise
something going flip-flap in the dark


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: the repeated sound and motion of something loose that is moved by recurrent impulses
the flip-flap of the awning in the gusty wind
: a backward somersault : flip-flop
: a device used especially in amusement parks that consists of a horizontal rotating arm pivoted at its center and supporting a passenger car at each end


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intransitive verb

: to move with a repeated flapping sound
when old Fred Gil would come flip-flapping across the station parking lot in his raggedy cotton robe and rubber thongsJoseph Wambaugh

Word History



flip entry 1 + flap (verb)

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“Flip-flap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flip-flap. Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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