the other/opposite/flip side of the coin

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the other/opposite/flip side of the coin

: a different way of looking at or thinking about a situation
  • The economy is improving, but the other side of the coin is that inflation is becoming a bigger problem.

Word by Word Definitions

other play
  1. : being the one (as of two or more) remaining or not included

  2. : being the one or ones distinct from that or those first mentioned or implied

  3. : second

  1. : one that remains of two or more

  2. : a thing opposite to or excluded by something else

  3. : a different or additional one

  1. : one of two that remains

  2. : each preceding one

  3. : a different or additional one

  1. : otherwise

  1. : to treat or consider (a person or a group of people) as alien to oneself or one's group (as because of different racial, sexual, or cultural characteristics)

opposite play
  1. : set over against something that is at the other end or side of an intervening (see intervene 4) line or space

  2. : situated in pairs on an axis (see axis 3) with each member being separated from the other by half the circumference (see circumference 2) of the axis — compare alternate

  3. : occupying an opposing and often antagonistic position

  1. : something that is opposed to some other often specified thing

  2. : antonym

  3. : additive inverse

  1. : on or to an opposite side

  1. : across from and usually facing or on the same level with

  2. : in a role complementary to

flip play
  1. : to toss so as to cause to turn over in the air

  2. : to cause to turn and especially to turn over

  3. : to move with a small quick motion

  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

  1. : flippant, impertinent

side play
  1. : the right or left part of the wall or trunk of the body

  2. : one of the halves of the animal body on either side of the median plane

  3. : a cut of meat including that about the ribs of one half of the body

  1. : situated on the side

  2. : of or relating to the side

  3. : directed toward or from the side

  1. : to agree with : support

  2. : to be side by side with

  3. : to set or put aside : clear away

  1. : swaggering or arrogant manner : pretentiousness

coin play
  1. : corner, cornerstone, quoin

  2. : wedge

  3. : a usually flat piece of metal issued by governmental authority as money

  1. : to make (a coin) especially by stamping : mint

  2. : to convert (metal) into coins

  3. : create, invent

  1. : of or relating to coins

  2. : operated by coins


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