\ 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)

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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 Davies-Dixon can flip on that competitive switch, too, Franchitti said. New York Times, 29 May 2021 But those of us who can’t flip the switch need a little more time. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 27 May 2021 No doubt, Sydney was also annoyed at being voted out on day 18 just before the merge, where fortunes can flip and everything can change. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 14 Apr. 2021 But that doesn’t mean that the Department of Education can flip a light switch on September 30 and instantly transition over 20 million borrowers back into repayment. Preston Cooper, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 Through it all the best part of the film remains the dichotomy of a bland wimp (a character Odenkirk plays so well) who can flip the switch to becoming a remorseless killer — and seeing Odenkirk as the one flipping the switch. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 22 Mar. 2021 MoMA, which has around 20 of Mr. Kelly’s paintings, pledged to digitize the books so visitors can flip through the pages online and track the artist’s creative process. Kelly Crow, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2021 Also on the way: a TikTok app for all of Samsung's 2021 smart TVs, including the Sero display, which can flip from horizontal to vertical mode. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 2 Mar. 2021 New this year is a Northern Lights display that's perfect for family photos, and a touchless, interactive storybook that guests can flip through with just a gesture of the hand. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 12 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Local newspaper Ming Pao last week published an article suggesting that residents write the numbers six and four on their light switches — a nod to the June 4 date — so each flip of the switch is also an act of remembrance. Fox News, 3 June 2021 She was last seen wearing a light blue shirt, shorts, black flip flops and an orange backpack. BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2021 In some parts of the city, the flip was short-lived. Noah Kirsch, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Stay tuned for more from Leanne's flip over the next three months on House Beautiful. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 25 May 2021 The Jazz’s flip to that was Conley, the point guard who came to Utah before last season mostly because his longtime former team was willing to give him up on account of it having identified and circled Morant in the draft. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 May 2021 Possession flip flopped to be heavily in FCC’s favor and Montreal had trouble responding to the change of pace. Jayna Bardahl, The Enquirer, 22 May 2021 According to People, the move that's named after Russian gymnast Natalia Yurchenko usually only involves one flip, but Biles is just that good. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 22 May 2021 Manufactured by an Italian company called Solari, the board displayed letters and numbers with tiny, magical flip counters. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 21 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective To complement the launch, the company is also launching an exclusive fashion collection that includes a surf shirt, bikini, flip flops and tote in the same print inspired by the floral bottle design. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 1 June 2021 Gold Glove first baseman charged it and made a flip home. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 May 2021 The lid also opens into a totally separate dry storage zone, similar to the flip top armrest in nicer cars, so say Dad goes fly fishing and packs his lunch and drinks and then puts on waders and goes into the stream. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Yang is one of those boys helping flip girls into the air in Bring It On. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 27 May 2021 Instead, the Jazz take a lot of flip shots, floaters, and bank shots that come just outside of that range, about 6-10 feet away. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 May 2021 Each one has an airtight seal thanks to the flip top brewing bottles. Chris Hachey, BGR, 19 May 2021 Would the ratchety ker-thunk of mid-aughts Campagnolo feel like going back to a flip phone? Eben Weiss, Outside Online, 23 May 2021 His walk from rink to car, in flip flops, was akin to walking down the red carpet. Laine Higgins, WSJ, 11 May 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

probably imitative

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5 Jun 2021

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“Flip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flip. Accessed 14 Jun. 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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