Definition of flop in English:

flop

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1with adverbial Fall, move, or hang in a loose and ungainly way.

    ‘his blond hair flopped over his eyes’
    • ‘His dark brown, nearly black hair flopped over one eyebrow as he smiled crookedly, a smile girls back in Sanorn had once loved.’
    • ‘His golden hair flopped onto his forehead and stuck to it, soaking wet.’
    • ‘His hair flops into his eyes as he runs, muscle and skin moving effortlessly.’
    • ‘She looked understandably anxious, her pale face whiter than her greying hair which flopped towards her eyes.’
    • ‘He looked good anyway, with his wet blond hair flopped in his face, just brushing the top of his eyes.’
    • ‘To my surprise it's a young boy with a freckled, eager face and brown hair styled to flop over one eye, wearing black, carrying a rucksack and a bag.’
    • ‘His hair flops, his suit sparkles, his shirt glitters.’
    • ‘He was wearing his usual black framed glasses, with his hair flopping down to his face.’
    • ‘He re-tied his dreads in a loose ponytail, which flopped over his left shoulder.’
    • ‘Brellier's chin drops to his chest, his long hair flopping over his features, hiding an apparent embarrassment at the question.’
    • ‘The bandage she had wrapped around her side had come loose and was now flopping wildly below her.’
    • ‘He had beautiful wavy brown hair that flopped onto his forehead.’
    • ‘I walk in, socks sopping, hair flopping, dignity all over the place, and explain my dilemma.’
    • ‘Some of his dark hair flopped onto his forehead and I almost reached out to tuck it back into place.’
    • ‘Dark hair flopped messily over his forehead, and he had to keep pushing it out of his light brown eyes.’
    • ‘The arms of the octopuses were still squirming and moving and flopping in every direction.’
    • ‘I looked up to see Brody onstage, his dishevelled dark brown hair flopping across his forehead and both hands hanging onto the microphone.’
    • ‘He was tall and had brown hair so dark it was almost black, which flopped over his green eyes.’
    • ‘Viv tied it around her wrist so that it flopped around whenever she moved her arm.’
    • ‘His black hair is flopping into his eyes and I can see an earring in his ear.’
    hang, hang down, drop, hang limply, hang loosely, dangle, droop, sag, flap, loll
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    1. 1.1 Sit or lie down heavily and suddenly, especially when very tired.
      ‘Liz flopped down into the armchair’
      • ‘She flopped back down, tired in a way she hadn't been in a long time.’
      • ‘When I flopped into my seat and pulled the door shut I was sobbing from the ordeal, out of breath, very cold, and wet right through.’
      • ‘And as though summoned by my thought, he flops down into the seat on my left.’
      • ‘I flopped down onto my sleep sack, which was already damp from soaking up moisture from the soil.’
      • ‘Charlie sighed heavily and flopped down on his bed.’
      • ‘Scarlett sighed heavily and flopped down onto a clear area on Jed's bed.’
      • ‘As he neared the boulders, Joe suddenly flopped to the ground.’
      • ‘Katerina laughed at her, trying to break her fall, before flopping down on top of her.’
      • ‘Element moved past her and flopped down on his bed, putting his hands behind his head for relaxation.’
      • ‘That concluded the nights broadcast and Danni exhaled heavily, flopping back onto the bed.’
      • ‘Then, with chilled air pouring in down the back of my neck, you flop into your seat, oblivious.’
      • ‘Leeann squealed, suddenly flopping into a seat next to them.’
      • ‘The man fell over backwards flopping to the deck in unconsciousness.’
      • ‘Sighing heavily, he flopped onto his bed and reached for the glove.’
      • ‘Suddenly exhausted, she flopped down on one of the many chairs that were scattered about Allyson's room.’
      • ‘Soon, Dai got tired and flopped down, leaning against the counter.’
      • ‘I flopped into a reclining seat and realized suddenly that I was sitting right next to Anthony.’
      • ‘He grinned mindlessly at his stupid analogy, moving to go and flop on the couch again, though this time with energy and not-so-much black.’
      • ‘There was some brief talk of adjourning to the bar, but we were too tired, and so flopped under the tightly-tucked blankets and sheets instead.’
      • ‘At last we grew tired and flopped down in the cool grass to watch the clouds.’
      collapse, slump, crumple, subside, sink, drop, fall, tumble
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    2. 1.2informal Rest or sleep in a specified place.
      ‘I'm going to flop here for the night’
      • ‘He flopped underneath a clump of trees and slept exhausted.’
      • ‘It's far too hot - I'd rather be flopping in the park.’
      • ‘When we got home I found myself to be unaccountably tired, so I flopped for a while.’
      • ‘By the time we'd finished we pretty much all felt we'd had enough to last a month and ended up flopped in the lounge watching the Dating Channel on Sky.’
      • ‘Of course, we all had far too much to eat, and ended up flopped on the settee feeling full but satisfied for the rest of the night.’
    3. 1.3Basketball informal (of a player) deliberately fall or stumble in order to give the appearance of having been fouled by an opponent.
      ‘nearly everyone watching the game in Chicago believed James flopped’
      ‘the league introduced a system to penalize flopping’
      • ‘Flopping had become a mysterious plague, forcing players' legs to buckle and their arms to flail in the air at the slightest hint of contact.’
      • ‘Why does a team with that much talent feel the need to flop every other play?’
      • ‘They're going to have to alternate who flops on which play.’
      • ‘But you do flop every two plays and you mostly have no reason to argue since most calls go your way, no?’
      • ‘The problem is they spent too much time teaching him to flop in practice.’
      • ‘Flopping rules are different in the postseason because players aren't warned.’
      • ‘If he flops (by the league's standards) a second time he gets a $5,000 fine.’
      • ‘Besides flopping, hustling, and playing good defense, he is also a 3-point specialist.’
      • ‘Players know flopping works to their advantage so they do it.’
      • ‘Golden State's Thompson stoked the tensions before the series when he accused the Clippers' player of flopping.’
  • 2informal (of a performer or show) be completely unsuccessful; fail totally.

    ‘the show flopped in London’
    • ‘The great crime-busting experiment did not merely fail, it flopped spectacularly.’
    • ‘Her career suffered a decline in the 1990s as a number of collaborative projects failed to take off and several films flopped.’
    • ‘He was sacked from his radio show and his concerts flopped.’
    • ‘The play flopped, but Peck's performance brought interest from Hollywood.’
    • ‘All investors should realise that the majority of shares sold at initial public offerings flop and fail to recover the price that they were sold at.’
    • ‘However, Virgin's flotation flopped and Cruickshank moved into the public sector.’
    • ‘Then it flopped, failing to capture that notorious off-screen chemistry, as did all her follow up films.’
    • ‘But a good many, if not most, of his shows flop, for reasons I can't comprehend, when I consider quality alone.’
    • ‘If the replacement shows flop, the advertiser needs to be made whole.’
    • ‘I think he knew Dunaway was going to get most of the attention - and, if the show flopped, most of the blame.’
    • ‘The crowds failed to materialise and both show and print flopped.’
    • ‘Renamed A Kingdom for a Cow, the show flopped and instantly disappeared.’
    • ‘They have flopped in the majors and their performance in Atlanta was particularly embarrassing.’
    • ‘On the pitch he had problems leaving Villa, at Manchester United he flopped with some poor performances.’
    • ‘In the past, the show became known for clashes between the DJs and for the crowd bottling performers who flopped.’
    • ‘Their portfolios and performance will suffer mightily if this issue is allowed to flop.’
    • ‘Last year he flopped in the first round and failed to get beyond the second round in 1999 and 1998.’
    • ‘It is an idea that could flop, and simply move the drop-out bulge from freshman to junior year.’
    • ‘Too many brilliant stand up comics have flopped when they've gone big to the big screen.’
    • ‘He could flop, of course, or fail to deliver on his expansive ambitions.’
    be unsuccessful, fail, not work, fall flat, founder, misfire, backfire, be a disappointment, do badly, lose money, be a disaster, meet with disaster, come to grief, miss the mark, run aground
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Origin

Early 17th century: variant of flap.

Pronunciation

flop

/flɒp/