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

Definition of flip

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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)

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Remove from oven, and immediately flip cake upside down (do not remove cake from pan) onto a wire rack. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 31 July 2022 For example, the flips between Noah and Emma’s timeline in the present and Sam and Violet’s in the past are enabled by Emma’s discovery of Sam’s Nokia flip phone. Selome Hailu, Variety, 29 July 2022 However, if there is a week that could potentially flip the script, this is arguably it. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 25 July 2022 Darcy tells the female owner L7 would flip her stand over for perpetuating such misogyny. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 25 July 2022 The thought of terry cloth clothes might instantly induce thoughts of Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian posing for paparazzi in coordinating Juicy Couture looks with metallic Louis Vuitton bags and Motorola Razr flip phones in hand. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 22 July 2022 The kayaks sometimes crash into each other and sometimes a kayak may flip over. al, 18 July 2022 His appointment puts the Republican Party in an electoral bind and could flip control of the solidly Republican seat in the Utah House. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2022 Past recoveries suggest market performance can suddenly flip, said Sam Stovall, the chief market strategist at research firm CFRA. Max Zahn, ABC News, 7 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Vanessa Hudgens posed in her Tkees flip-flops on Instagram, pairing them with a bright orange crochet dress. Alex Warner, PEOPLE.com, 30 July 2022 Standard flip-flops require a bit more movement and gripping to keep your foot in place. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 26 July 2022 Thinking about replacing your unsupportive flip-flops for your summer travels? Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 15 June 2022 Levine cautions against anything too narrow or flat and says that flip-flops and ballerina styles (even those beloved Venetian slippers) should not be worn too often or for too long. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 15 June 2022 Channel the iconic Lizzie McGuire with a pair of platform flip-flops or raised slides that are all your own. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 13 June 2022 Or basically any man wearing flip-flops anywhere other than the beach. Helena Andrews-dyer, Washington Post, 8 June 2022 Buy these Top Pride flip-flops ($35) from Havaianas and 7 percent of the net income will go to All Out, a global organization that fights for the rights of LGBTQIA+ people. cleveland, 1 June 2022 Each shoe is designed with an advanced footbed and arch support, like these flip-flops, which are on sale for just $30 right now. Claire Harmeyer, PEOPLE.com, 13 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Early in the 2022 cycle, the state was thought to be a flip opportunity. Bytal Axelrod, ABC News, 3 Aug. 2022 The equivalent of a bit flip in the quantum computing world means inverting the probability of a bit being measured as a one or a zero. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 25 July 2022 For Portland, Mora nearly had a goal on a flip shot fed in from Bravo in the 87th minute, but it was narrowly saved. oregonlive, 23 July 2022 The aluminum poles are both adjustable via a flip lock and collapse to 25 inches for transport with a total weight of around 2 pounds. Outside Online, 23 June 2022 Some look to flip homes to new buyers, while others rent them out. Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2022 The very early-2000s set story (references to Ashlee Simpson, flip phones and snap bracelets abound) follows Stacey Friedman, who is preparing for one of the most important events in her young life, her bat mitzvah. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 13 July 2022 At full price, the $579 GE Opal countertop nugget ice maker is not a flip purchase. Lauren Joseph, Bon Appétit, 12 July 2022 Its recycled men’s and women’s flip flops and kids’ rain boots (made partly of U.S.-grown soy) are sold at Walmart and Target, as well as online. Amy Feldman, Forbes, 1 July 2022 See More

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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

probably imitative

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4 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for flip


\ 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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