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

Essential Meaning of flip

1 : to turn (something) over by throwing it up in the air with a quick movement flip a coin
2 : to cause (something) to turn or turn over quickly She was sitting in the waiting room, flipping the pages of a magazine. He flipped his car (over) on the interstate. See More ExamplesThey flipped the turtle (over) onto its back. flip a pancake (informal) He got a job flipping burgers. [=working as a cook in a fast-food restaurant] His car flipped over on the interstate. She was sitting in the waiting room, flipping [=leafing] through magazines.Hide
3 : to move (something) with a quick light movement : flick flip a switch

Full 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 Legitimate domain investors buy domain names — often for around $10 for dot-com Web addresses, sometimes less for other suffixes — and then flip them to someone who wants to use them. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 But first-year coach Blake Anderson decided to flip it around. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Oct. 2021 The Elite Folio design allows that 2-in-1 to flip back into tablet mode, but also pull forward the screen into a cinema or presentation mode. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 20 Sep. 2021 After going through a large rig that automatically sets the alignment of the suspension, the AGV goes into a station where two robots lift the frame and flip it over. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 The winner of the GOP primary will face Kelly in the 2022 general election, where Republicans hope to flip the seat back to red after Republican Sen. Martha McSally’s consecutive losses to Sinema in 2018 and Kelly in 2020. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, 11 June 2021 Kaval and Fisher want to flip what should be an intimate ballpark into a massive real estate deal. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 May 2021 Some Senators are from states that either have a lot of gun owners in them, or flip back and forth between electing Democrats and Republicans. Philip Elliott, Time, 9 Apr. 2021 Bruins fans only have to flip the calendar back to March 5, the night at the Garden that Tom Wilson put a running shoulder into Brandon Carlo’s head at 18:30 of the first period. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With foliage turning and flip-flops rightfully banished to their lairs, all signs point to a return to boot-wearing. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 14 Oct. 2021 Guests roamed the property in fluffy white robes and flip-flops, ready to wade into the pearly-blue lagoon waters. Vanessa Wilkins, Travel + Leisure, 25 Sep. 2021 An unscheduled bullpen day versus one of the best ever, with every game beyond critical, felt like trying to scale Mt. Kilimanjaro in flip-flops. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2021 And with the confusing flip flops from office to remote back to office and then hybrid working, nowhere is stress higher than the uncertain workplace. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 Now’s the time to swap out those summer tank tops for cozy cashmere sweaters from Everlane and upgrade those flip-flops to a sleek pair of boots from Moda Operandi—all at a fraction of the price. Alexis Bennet, Vogue, 6 Sep. 2021 Also, flip-flops are not appropriate footwear for an office. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2021 Also, flip-flops are not appropriate footwear for an office. cleveland, 1 Sep. 2021 Going out in flip-flops, dressing comfortably, places to eat are not fancy and don't take too much time; people wearing colorful clothes. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Perhaps all your friends got the new iPhone, while you were stuck with an older sibling’s hand-me-down flip phone. Peter Debruge, Variety, 9 Oct. 2021 Washington, 66, made sure to point out that McDormand — who also produced Macbeth — uses a flip phone. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, 24 Sep. 2021 My sister’s staunchly conflict-free media diet and my own almost seem like flip sides of the same coin. Alyse Burnside, The Atlantic, 16 Sep. 2021 But what are the statistics that Tom and his stepson both flip cars? Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 15 Sep. 2021 How many pages are there on that flip chart the 49ers’ quarterbacks wear on their left wrists? Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Sep. 2021 Even in an increasingly digital world, there are still flip phones out there, and Utah officials acknowledge a segment of the fan base is less comfortable with technology. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Aug. 2021 The concept of using technology to flip homes was initially met with skepticism. Laura Forman, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2021 Another cute flip manicure, this set turns bedazzling on its head. Michella Oré, Glamour, 26 Aug. 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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“Flip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flip. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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\ 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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