\ ˈflip How to pronounce flip (audio) \
flipped; flipping

Definition of flip

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transitive verb

1 : to toss so as to cause to turn over in the air flip a coin flip a pancake also : toss flip me the ball flip one end of the scarf over your shoulder
2a : to cause to turn and especially to turn over flipped the car flipping the pages of a book
b : to move with a small quick motion flip a switch
c : to turn (something) on or off with a switch flip on/off the lights
d : to change or move through (channels, stations, etc.) quickly flipping channels with the remote control
3 : to buy and usually renovate (real estate) so as to quickly resell at a higher price He's flipped three houses for a substantial profit.
4 : to cause or persuade (a witness) to cooperate in prosecuting a criminal case against an associate … wrote that the … probe seemed to have reached the stage where investigators are in the process of flipping witnesses.— Nancy LeTourneau

intransitive verb

1 : to make a twitching or flicking movement the fish flipped and flopped on the deck
2a : to turn or roll from one side to the other : turn over The crab had flipped onto its back. The car flipped over.
b : to do a somersault in the air : to do a flip He flipped off the diving board.
3a : to change from one state, position, subject, etc., to another The job market flipped from hot to cold. The commercial flipped back and forth between scenes of country life and city life.
b : to change or move through channels, pages, etc. He sat on the couch flipping through the channels. flip to another station flip through the pages of a magazine
c : to cooperate in the prosecution of a criminal case against an associate Before sentencing, two more members defected…. And, soon after receiving his 45-year sentence in May 1989, Leonetti flipped, too.— Marguerite Del Giudice
4 slang
a : to lose one's mind or composure often used with out The patient flipped out in manic behavior.She flipped out when she heard about her son's accident.
b : to become very enthusiastic
flip the script
: to achieve an outcome or adopt an approach that is opposite to or completely different from what has happened or been done previously Now, having won three of the last nine majors, Mickelson has flipped the script on Woods.— Alan Shipnuck … the chance to flip the script, to go from 0-6 with a chance to finish the second half of the year 5-1, is motivating Nebraska players this week.— Steve Batterson If you let your inner critic do all the talking, of course she's going to chip away at your self-esteem. Make a conscious choice to flip the script for the next week and see how dramatically it alters your outlook.— Petra Guglielmetti



Definition of flip (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a mixed drink usually consisting of a sweetened spiced liquor with beaten eggs
2 : an act or instance of flipping
3 : the motion used in flipping
4 : a somersault especially in the air
5 : a holder for a collectible coin made of vinyl or cardboard with a plastic window and often having a sleeve in which to place an identifying insert



Definition of flip (Entry 3 of 3)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for flip

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of flip in a Sentence

Verb She was sitting in the waiting room, flipping the pages of a magazine. His car flipped over on the interstate. Noun the flip of a coin She turned on the lights with the flip of a switch. Adjective made some flip comment about the marriage between the old man and the considerably younger woman
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Poonawalla, meanwhile, has flip-flopped on the reasons for a delay in ramping up. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, "Adar Poonawalla has confusing—and often contradictory—reasons for India’s vaccine shortage," 8 May 2021 Democrats are heavy underdogs to flip an open Ohio Senate seat even after landing their top recruit, Rep. Tim Ryan. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "'He's not Sherrod Brown': Tim Ryan's Ohio Senate bid greeted with skepticism," 27 Apr. 2021 The case is a rare instance when a criminal scheme may have changed an election outcome, helping the GOP flip a state senate seat. Washington Post, "Ex-Florida state senator paid bogus candidate to ‘siphon votes,’ police say, in race GOP narrowly won," 19 Mar. 2021 Bourdeaux was the only Democratic candidate to flip a House seat in 2020. Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, "Georgia official warns Democrats of "lower turnout" in runoffs," 15 Dec. 2020 At stake is the size of the majority that Democrats will have in the House of Representatives, and whether Republicans will flip a second seat in Iowa this cycle. Ryan J. Foley, Star Tribune, "Democrat to seek full recount in tight US House race in Iowa," 12 Nov. 2020 Valenzuela, a rising star in national Democratic politics, had hoped to flip the suburban seat long held by Republicans. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Candace Valenzuela concedes to Beth Van Duyne in heated North Texas congressional race," 10 Nov. 2020 The more than 600,000 ballots left to count in all of Los Angeles County, which has 82% of the district’s voters, has Democrats thinking Smith can overtake Garcia and flip that seat from the Republicans. John Wildermuth, SFChronicle.com, "Troubling election trend for House Democrats in California — they’re losing ground," 8 Nov. 2020 Republicans were still looking to flip a Senate seat in Michigan on Wednesday. al, "For Alabama GOP, what is bigger than a Trump win?," 4 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rihanna, too, debuted a trucker hat recently, styling her Esso hat with an Adidas tracksuit, heeled Fenty flip flops, and a bowler bag from Prada’s collaboration with Adidas, while Gwen Stefani wore one to announce her engagement. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Trucker Hats Are Making A Comeback — Yes, Really," 30 Apr. 2021 Day 2: wore something else….suffered all day and all night, finally breaking down and purchasing foam flip-flops from a gift shop to get some relief. Rebecca Deczynski, Health.com, "The 10 Best Pairs of Walking Sandals for All-Day Comfort, According to Reviews," 30 Apr. 2021 An 11-page dress code sent to employees of one of the country’s largest government departments lists Ugg boots, flip-flops and sportswear such as football jerseys among the items deemed too casual even for Casual Friday. Washington Post, "Covid-19 live updates U.S. panel to assess Johnson & Johnson vaccine; India reports record 332,000 cases," 23 Apr. 2021 On this occasion, Drummond struggled with his counterpart’s length and physicality, settling for quick-flip shot attempts that were off-target all evening. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "No Donovan Mitchell? Utah Jazz embrace depth and balance to make up for his absence.," 19 Apr. 2021 Less than two weeks after being considered a coin-flip to lose in the First Four, UCLA was headed to the Final Four. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: For this scribe, UCLA’s run was a Big Dance marathon, and the memory of a lifetime," 13 Apr. 2021 Rudolph’s acrobatic, almost-a-flip touchdown catch gave UAB a 21-13 lead with 10:16 left in the third quarter, and then the Blazers’ pieced-together defense held on the rest of the way. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Playing like there’s no tomorrow, UAB football fights on," 16 Dec. 2020 There are pockets and bars to hang utensils off of and a flip-out side table made to hold a two-burner camp stove and windscreen. Field & Stream, "Great Tailgating Gift Ideas for 2020," 23 Nov. 2020 Altering the likelihood of getting one side of the coin changes the likelihood of getting the other, and this interconnectedness governs what’s possible in terms of the two-flip outcomes. Quanta Magazine, "Some Math Problems Seem Impossible. That Can Be a Good Thing.," 18 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His walk from rink to car, in flip flops, was akin to walking down the red carpet. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "Florida Is the Hottest Place in Hockey—Not Because of the Weather," 11 May 2021 And then there’s his flip phone, which seems to ring constantly. Los Angeles Times, "Need some serious plant therapy? The Cactus Ranch will see you, but only on weekends," 7 May 2021 The container holds a cup of liquid and the flip top design can be used as an egg yolk separator or a grater on the other side for garlic, potato, or ginger. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Manual Fruit Juicer," 22 Apr. 2021 When brainstorming in person, use one flip chart for each building block and have everyone walk around and contribute ideas. Gabriella Goddard, Forbes, "Three Divergent Thinking Techniques To Fuel Creativity In Teams," 12 Apr. 2021 After ascending to its peak altitude, the vehicle will perform a flip maneuver to reorient itself for a return to Earth at a 70° angle of attack. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Engine abort at T-1.3 seconds scrubs Starship launch attempt [Updated]," 8 Dec. 2020 In nearby Greenville, the Rev. Thomas Morris uses his weekly Zoom sermons to assuage the concerns of vaccine skeptics — and then offers up church volunteers who book appointments for the flip phone set. New York Times, "‘All Hands on Deck’: When Vaccinating Black People Is a Communal Effort," 28 Mar. 2021 Jade Riopelle, a 21-year-old college student, said she was inspired to join in after seeing how the registration system challenged her grandmother, a Chinese immigrant who has a flip phone and has never used the Internet, let alone in English. Washington Post, "One voter outreach group used to offer rides to the polls. Now they’re helping people get vaccinated.," 26 Mar. 2021 Eels have kind of a flip-side life cycle from shad, spawning in the ocean and swimming into freshwater watersheds to live their adult lives. Mike Argento, baltimoresun.com, "Dammed, drugged, poisoned: Shad, eels and smallmouth bass struggle to survive in Susquehanna River," 27 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of flip


1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flip

Verb, Noun, and Adjective

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12 May 2021

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“Flip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flip. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flip

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to turn (something) over by throwing it up in the air with a quick movement
: to cause (something) to turn or turn over quickly
: to move (something) with a quick light movement



English Language Learners Definition of flip (Entry 2 of 3)

: the act of flipping something : a quick turn, toss, or movement
: an athletic movement in which someone jumps in the air and rolls forward or backward : a somersault in the air



English Language Learners Definition of flip (Entry 3 of 3)

informal : not serious


\ ˈflip How to pronounce flip (audio) \
flipped; flipping

Kids Definition of flip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move or turn by or as if by tossing flip a coin flip a switch



Kids Definition of flip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a quick turn, toss, or movement the flip of a coin
2 : a somersault in the air

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