: the sound or motion of something flapping loosely
: a backward handspring
: a sudden reversal (as of policy or strategy)
: a usually electronic device or a circuit (as in a computer) capable of assuming either of two stable states
: a rubber sandal loosely fastened to the foot by a thong
flip-flop intransitive verb

Examples of flip-flop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Skinny youngsters in jean shorts and flip-flops appear from decrepit walls and rooftops strapped with AR-15s, M4s, and M-16s. Jason Motlagh, Rolling Stone, 26 Nov. 2023 Otherwise temperatures continue to flip-flop from cooler today to near-record warmth tomorrow, then cooler again Friday through the weekend, with decent sunshine other than perhaps Friday. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 Advertisement On the other side of the Atlantic, near Gambia, a worker from Senegal on a Chinese trawler called the Victory 205 said he had been pricked by a catfish barb while wearing flip-flops. Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 But for now, the Miami MC is lounging around, shooting pool in a white T-shirt, colorful shorts, and black flip-flops, while puffing on blunt after blunt, as this reporter dances around him asking questions. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 6 Nov. 2023 These two steps of translation entail both Boolean logic and timing control through flip-flops. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Oct. 2023 Drugs and sleep deprivation are the accelerants here, exacerbating Reg and Holly’s flip-flops of affection while undoing the couples who at first seem properly glued. Jesse Green, New York Times, 29 Oct. 2023 Companies such as Meta, Amazon, and others that flip-flopped on their commitment to flexible work policies failed to provide effective training for their managers on hybrid and remote management. Bygleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 26 Oct. 2023 Furthermore, the single-toe band signals the continued rise of the flip-flop trend that's reigning at the moment. Tatiana Ojea, Glamour, 21 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of flip-flop was in 1600

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“Flip-flop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flip-flop. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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