Main definitions of flip in English

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flip1

verb

  • 1Turn over or cause to turn over with a sudden quick movement:

    [no object] ‘the plane flipped over and then exploded’
    [with object] ‘the six-foot wave flipped the dinghy over’
    • ‘Panicked and confused, I hit both brakes at the same time. I then flipped over the handlebars and slid across the gravel.’
    • ‘Wes and Raine flipped over their top cards and Raine gave a little whoop, taking both of their cards.’
    • ‘The figure grunted, and flipped over to land on his feet in one fluid movement.’
    • ‘In his rush, he flipped over through the window, my hand still clutching the rope that was around his neck.’
    • ‘And I'd much rather flip hamburgers and send my brother to school, than push pencils and worry about where to get the money for school supplies each month.’
    • ‘After reading her post, I flipped over to PumpkinDiary, where Bill had posted about Rae's decision.’
    • ‘Pixie flipped over and rolled off the bed, quite suddenly.’
    • ‘I've seen boards flipped over just before my final moment of conquest.’
    • ‘It is understood that the accident happened as the car negotiated a bend and the vehicle flipped over several times.’
    • ‘He then hit the central reservation and flipped over it, rolling into a Mercedes van on the opposite carriageway, which was knocked off the road.’
    • ‘The bus flipped over several times, before coming to rest on its side.’
    • ‘Her palms hit the hard stone ring and she flipped over and rolled to her feet.’
    • ‘I was about to show Alex where I had flipped over my handlebars and broken my pinky when we had to abruptly stop to let three bunnies cross our path.’
    • ‘Within the span of a few hours, my entire life had been flipped inside out and upside down.’
    • ‘Then I flipped over and butterflied for the the last 25 metres.’
    • ‘When he rolled the racer back on course the ship flipped over on its back and dove into the ground.’
    • ‘I flipped over and settled in for a bit of nostalgic viewing.’
    • ‘The volcano continually released carbon dioxide into the water, and in 1986 the lake flipped over.’
    • ‘Even so, Mark noticed that the clerk was reading the same book without his eyes moving once, or flipping the page.’
    • ‘At some small retail airports, some private planes that had been tied down were ripped loose from their moorings and flipped over.’
    overturn, turn over, tip over, roll over, upturn, capsize, turn topsy-turvy
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  • 2[with object and adverbial] Move, push, or throw (something) with a sudden quick movement:

    ‘she flipped off her dark glasses’
    ‘she flipped a few coins on to the bar’
    • ‘He broke close to the right touchline, threw an outrageous dummy and then flipped the ball out of the back of the hand to give Walker a clear run to the line.’
    • ‘He flipped it open, pushing a button before setting the phone down on the edge of the sink.’
    • ‘I flip the seat and move my belongings to the left side for the trip back.’
    • ‘Bryce growled and got to his feet quickly, resulting in his chair being flipped backwards and thrown to the side.’
    • ‘I didn't hesitate to flip it open and push the talk button.’
    • ‘Please, please, flip your hair or throw yourself on the couch: anything but this!’
    • ‘He flips the latch on the outer door and pushes, but is not surprised when the door does not open immediately.’
    • ‘He warmed up for a while, doing little dance moves, occasionally flipping his leg over the fire hydrant, just singing the same damn line.’
    • ‘She handed over the small silver device and Dice placed it on the black leather dash board flipping it on as he accelerated down the street.’
    • ‘If you don't bend your knees and get some lift generated with your lower body, your arms need to work harder and that can cause you to push the ball instead of flipping it.’
    • ‘When she saw him, she said a few quick words before flipping it closed.’
    • ‘I grinned with confidence and with a sudden decision, flipped the speed up.’
    • ‘I do release my wrists, but I don't flip them or throw them at the ball.’
    • ‘A quick test is to flip every sexual reference in an account from male to female and gauge your reaction.’
    • ‘He compensated by flipping his wrists, pushing the ball short and right.’
    • ‘She relaxed the hammer on the pistol, replaced the safety, and slipped the weapon in between her pants and her waist, flipping the sweater over it to keep it hidden.’
    • ‘I asked for two of the bartender's best beers and flipped him a gold coin.’
    • ‘She lifted her arms behind her and pushed herself off the floor by flipping her body up, and landing on her feet.’
    • ‘Vena glared at me, and made the movement to flip her hair back, but sadly, it was in her bun, so she only flipped air.’
    • ‘Nothing was broken, but the safety was on, I flipped it to fire mode.’
    throw, flick, toss, fling, sling, pitch, cast, spin, twist, hurl, shy, lob, propel, launch, project, send, dash, bowl
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    1. 2.1[with object] Turn (an electrical appliance or switch) on or off:
      ‘he flipped a switch and the front door opened’
      • ‘Marin flipped off the light switch, leaving the room bathed in total darkness, but for the soft light of a glowing nightlight in the corner.’
      • ‘He flips switches, which turn on strange electrical panels on the walls.’
      • ‘Instead, plug electronics into a power strip, and then flip the off switch when you're not using your appliances.’
      • ‘The veteran, who seemed to be pacing himself, has flipped the on switch.’
      • ‘I eased myself on the couch, flipping the on switch and watching the small screen in the center top keyboard light up to greet me.’
      • ‘You can't always see electricity until you flip the switch on.’
      • ‘His sandals were downstairs so he flipped off the light switch in his room and proceeded down the steps.’
      • ‘Satisfied with herself, she flipped off the light switch and made her way to the kitchen to find something to eat.’
      • ‘After all those years of light and teaching enlightenment to others, it was all gone, as if a switch had been flipped off.’
      • ‘When I'm flying, I can feel that part of my brain, like a switch, being flipped on and off.’
      • ‘Once the generator is running, you can pick and choose which appliances and circuits you want to use by flipping the switches on the transfer switch.’
      • ‘I flipped off the switch, hoping it would provide some power upon landing.’
      • ‘He woke in a start, as if a switch had been flipped in his head.’
      • ‘Immediately, as if a switch had been flipped, her mind filled with ideas of new designs she wanted to create.’
      • ‘And I've seen a small group of men turn into a lynch mob like a light switch had been flipped.’
      • ‘My body suddenly started sprinting, as if some internal switch had been flipped.’
      • ‘The change was so drastic that it was as if the switch had been flipped to open the flood gates of heaven.’
      • ‘Slowly, my hand reached out and flipped a single blue switch on the generator to see if my creation would work.’
      • ‘Kailey gasped in pain and covered her eyes with one of her hands, with the other she slammed his hand back onto the switch flipping the light off, but also crushing his hand.’
      • ‘Some of you may have noticed Ampin had blown a fuse for a few months there, but the breaker switch has been flipped and once again all things rock shall be reported on.’
      flick, click, snap, jerk, pull, tug, tweak
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    2. 2.2[with object] Toss (a coin) to decide an issue:
      ‘given those odds one might as well flip a coin’
      • ‘The predator model to be used was also decided by flipping a coin.’
      • ‘Then she asked him to flip one of his coins in the air - but not try to catch it.’
      • ‘If Cousteau ever visited White Island, he must have flipped a coin to decide which to list in his top 10.’
      • ‘We first discovered it in the days when we used to drive to France and, on arrival, flip a coin to decide whether to go left or right.’
      • ‘Even if we did not witness the coin being flipped but were only told the outcome it would not matter.’
      • ‘During jury selection, he flipped a coin to decide whether a potential juror should be seated on the panel.’
      • ‘All attempts to find a clear victor failed, as the tiebreaks were equal, and the co-winners refused to have the issue decided by flipping a coin.’
      • ‘Before the speeches, Tom flipped a coin to decide who would speak first, and Pete won.’
      • ‘Under Utah law, tie votes must be decided by drawing lots, which can mean anything from flipping a coin to drawing a name out of a hat.’
      • ‘We flipped a coin to decide who had to get dressed and deal with him.’
      • ‘He thinks that flipping a coin to decide whether to push the button would be best, because it would give each child an equal chance of surviving.’
      • ‘Simply assign one option to ‘heads’ and the other option to ‘tails’, commit yourself to the decision of the coin, and flip away.’
      • ‘If you flip 16 million coins 50 times, some of them will come up heads every time.’
      • ‘Let's assume you want to flip a coin to decide weather you go to the movies or not.’
      • ‘Frank finally flipped a coin and decided on a spot which paid off with fish biting the lines immediately.’
      • ‘But Alice is not quite sure about Bob and decides to leave their future to chance by flipping a coin in private.’
      • ‘If James had not received an invitation, he would have flipped a coin to decide whether to go or not.’
      • ‘The partner and I flip coins when we have to make calls to her.’
      • ‘In order for it to be fair, they flipped a coin to decide which room to paint first.’
      • ‘The auditor consults the Laws of the State of Washington and announces that the election will now be decided by flipping a coin.’
  • 3informal [no object] Suddenly lose control or become very angry:

    ‘he had clearly flipped under the pressure’
    ‘she would have flipped out if someone had done this to her’
    • ‘Chanelle's heart nearly stopped, she hadn't told her parents about any boys because she knew they'd flip!’
    • ‘Is it any wonder, then, that they sometimes flip?’
    • ‘Luke and I look at each other and think it strange that she's clearly flipping out over someone brushing against her bag.’
    • ‘And, in fact, that does seem unlikely unless the asking price is too good to be true, and then their shareholders might flip out.’
    • ‘Because if I have to stay here for another year, I am going to flip!’
    • ‘He told the woman, she flipped out screamed her son's name and slammed the phone down.’
    • ‘He apologised for flipping out and told me he had just lost the role of a lifetime and that he had been duped by the worst person in the business.’
    • ‘You were fine one minute, and suddenly you just flipped out.’
    • ‘On the last day but one, after yet another drinking binge and a row, he suddenly flipped and started raving at her in Spanish, which he spoke fluently but she didn't understand.’
    1. 3.1 Suddenly become very enthusiastic:
      ‘I walked into a store, saw the guitar on the wall, and just flipped’
      • ‘But, if they liked the first then they positively flipped over this one!’
      • ‘He directed it so beautifully that even as an audience member knowing what was going to happen, I was completely flipped out in a great way.’
      • ‘My family absolutely flipped over the seasonings of this yummy casserole.’
  • 4[with object] Buy and sell (something, especially shares or property) quickly in order to make a profit:

    ‘individual investors often flip the shares they buy within days, even hours’
    • ‘Its founders want to lessen the incentive to flip its shares in the first few trading days.’
    • ‘Let's start with the 101 on mortgage fraud, and the types of mortgage fraud, specifically property flipping.’
    • ‘The essay describes the fundamentals of property flipping, fake identities and credit histories, and straw buyers.’
    • ‘The 72-year-old financier has been churning chief executives with the gusto of a day trader flipping shares.’
    • ‘In contrast, buying and selling homes involves high transaction costs, preventing people from flipping them quickly.’
    • ‘That doesn't mean that those who build to flip won't get rich.’
    • ‘Once she finds a property and flips it, she ought to pay off the car note, the credit card debt, and begin contributing regularly to build up retirement income.’
    • ‘She owns six foreclosures that she's turned into rental properties and has flipped as many as 10 others.’
    • ‘If you are buying only to flip the property quickly, you need to be absolutely certain the salesmen really deliver what they say.’

noun

  • 1A sudden quick movement:

    ‘she dismissed his qualms with a flip of her hand’
    • ‘The waitress rolled her eyes and walked away with a flip of her hair.’
    • ‘Just when Fletcher thought he had caught a big, fat juicy fish, it would give a flip of the tail and disappear into the murk.’
    • ‘With one flip of the wrist, the lamp switches from work light to ambient lighting effortlessly.’
    • ‘A yesteryear heroine could seduce not just the hero but the entire audience with just a flip of her hair or a mere glance.’
    • ‘Moments later after she stormed out of the room with a flip of her hair, she returned asking for a different meal, apologizing for her behavior.’
    • ‘At one point the hose had me trapped down by the greenhouse until I did a quick flip of the wrist and turned it over so that it was spraying into the grass and I could make my escape.’
    • ‘Want to check the time or a most recent stat, all it takes is a flip of the wrist and the display pops to life.’
    • ‘Two quick flips of the rod tip drew a hard strike and the hooked trout shook and flurried in the bright arc.’
    • ‘Speaking of sensors, Motorola is making a big deal out of its new camera that can be activated through two quick flips of the wrist.’
    • ‘Tabitha turned with a flip of her hair and strode away.’
    1. 1.1 An act or instance of turning over or being turned over in the air:
      ‘he celebrates his goals with an acrobatic flip’
      figurative ‘Alex's heart did a little flip inside her chest’
      • ‘He was among the first to ride a bodyboard like others ride a surfboard - holding steady on his knees while doing tricks and flips.’
      • ‘He skis backward into the jump, turns to his right, then whips out three head-over-heels flips while grabbing a ski.’
      • ‘There are ramps and jumps to get you in the air and perform flips to gain points.’
      • ‘Something about the way Georgina said that made Penelope feel uneasy, her stomach performing a small flip in the pit of her belly.’
      • ‘Perform tricks and flips on magnetically driven in-line skates, but watch out for the local police force!’
      • ‘Once you've mastered standing up and carving turns, options include slalom skiing and airborne tricks, like flips.’
      • ‘Instead, she turned the move into some kind of gymnastic flip and came down as softly on her feet as if she stepped off a street curb.’
      • ‘Trampoline classes teach students the fundamentals of body awareness and training for somersaults, twists, and flips.’
      • ‘Failed attempts at somersaults and flips while on a trampoline may especially result in cervical spine injuries.’
      • ‘At one point he was seen negotiating a rope walk, adding in a backwards flip for good measure.’
    2. 1.2a flip through A quick look through a book, magazine, etc.:
      ‘a quick flip through my cookery books’
      • ‘Again, Yuen was full of doubt, hesitant, he took a quick flip through the book.’
      • ‘A quick flip through the Yellow Pages revealed a variety of advertising slogans.’
      • ‘But a flip through the catalogues turned up at least one must-get work.’
      • ‘When thinking about solutions, a quick flip through this book should help get ideas flowing.’
      • ‘A quick flip through Raidan's notes found nothing on them.’
      • ‘Yeah, some of the songs may be older, but a flip through the liner notes will show that these introspective raps bring us right up to today.’
  • 2British informal, dated A quick tour or pleasure trip:

    ‘I did a flip round the post-show party’

adjective

  • Glib or flippant:

    ‘he couldn't get away with flip, funny conversation’
    • ‘I made a flip suggestion to some of my bloodthirsty friends yesterday.’
    • ‘But he's being almost as flip and happy and smiley as people are accusing Sneddon of being, no?’
    • ‘Though they then ruin the effect by making an amateurish mistake on a flip reference to cricket.’
    • ‘His respect for women increased after that; I'm not sure if he was serious, or being flip, when he said that.’
    • ‘We are not making a flip attack on an organization we value.’
    • ‘I really don't mean to be flip, but it is that simple.’
    • ‘That's a combination of the flip answer, and just where we are in the news cycle right now.’
    • ‘He gained wider exposure in the hip, flip Scottish thriller about three flatmates who dispose of a body that stands between them and a suitcase filled with cash.’
    • ‘Holmes was a master of the flip aphorism, but one shouldn't confuse flip aphorisms with legal acumen.’
    • ‘When I suggest that he must be a fan, he puts on a brave face but it becomes clear just how far he thinks his work is removed from the flip media world.’
    • ‘There is nothing flip or carefree about these individuals.’
    • ‘From cartoons to sitcoms, the stars are now sassy children who deliver flip one-liners, put down authority figures and revel in a laugh track.’
    • ‘About whether your wife wants to be with you in the future: well, I don't intend to be flip, but don't ask me, ask her.’
    • ‘What's more, because I made a flip remark in my old gallery pages about one of my colleagues looking like said film star, it's also on the first page.’
    • ‘Also the apology he made is questionable, as I can't imagine that he would be really sorry for what he said, because he is so flip and arrogant about it.’
    • ‘I don't mean to sound flip either, but literally all you have to do to get rid of some guys is to let them know you're interested in spending more time with them.’
    • ‘This major emotional downer is as raw as it gets, and while it doesn't quite chime with the flip ending, it helps cement this as a powerful and evocative piece of work.’
    • ‘One of the reviews in England said my songs were flip and flimsy trifles.’
    • ‘I enjoy this kind of flip remark, but the chilly response indicated that my new friend didn't, and he summoned over the local vicar, dressed in mufti, to deal with me.’

exclamation

informal
  • Used to express mild annoyance.

    • ‘Oh flip! I need to get some stuff off my chest.’
    • ‘Oh flip - Is it that time again?’

Phrases

  • flip burgers

    • informal Work as a cook in a fast-food restaurant.

      • ‘Using his business experience, Cain worked his way up in the organization, even flipping burgers on the grill to better understand every aspect of the industry.’
      • ‘I don't think anyone ever really thought about the independence of our country while they were flipping burgers or doing cannonballs into the pool or singing Jimmy Rosselli songs with their grandfather, drunk on his wine.’
      • ‘The press typically knows how to do its job about as well as the 15-year-old-with-acne flipping burgers at McDonald's.’
      • ‘I mean, do you know how much more they get per hour than someone who flips burgers at Burger King?’
      • ‘He's the guy flipping burgers at the grill who overhears something you say and makes an interesting remark that might be a compliment, and might be an insult - might be both.’
      • ‘There's nothing wrong or demeaning in flipping burgers.’
      • ‘Upon graduating from university, I took a job flipping burgers at a Canadian fast food chain called Lick's.’
      • ‘For the sake of comparison, a person flipping burgers or working retail full-time for $7 per hour would make approximately $14,000 in a year.’
      • ‘With little official oversight, growers simply turn away domestic workers, or offer wages so low that flipping burgers becomes more appealing.’
      • ‘And not all the new jobs being created are flipping burgers, Jones said.’
  • flip one's lid (or chiefly north americanone's wig)

    • informal Suddenly lose control or become very angry.

      • ‘After a wager over his anger, Lucy must get Ricky to flip his lid, or lose the hat she just purchased.’
      • ‘The mother, half in denial, flips her lid and frantically tries to cover up the evidence of her son's alleged crime as the police move in.’
      • ‘Are they afraid to admit that their only leader has flipped his wig?’
      • ‘If you read Dirtbike Manifesto first, however, and discover The Couriers at a later date, you'll probably flip your wig.’
      • ‘Years later he discovers a footprint on the beach and totally flips his lid.’
      • ‘And I danced with her, and she'd flip her wig every night and then run under the table and under the piano and start crying and all.’
      • ‘At one point, Bicke flips his wig and begins screaming at the televised image of Nixon, ‘It's all about money, Dick!’’
      • ‘You'll flip your wig on some of the Warden's thoughts on booze, over-priced guacamole and hot tubs.’
      • ‘The last thing Akira wanted was for Mitsuki to flip her wig over something stupid like a dream.’
      • ‘The teacher would flip her wig, which would not be hard since her wig was so unrealistic.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • flip through

    • Look quickly through (a book, magazine, etc.):

      ‘McLeish flipped through his notes’
      • ‘At two sharp, a middle-aged storyteller with horn-rimmed glasses flipped through a pair of books.’
      • ‘She flipped through notes and books on tables and floor, in the kitchen, dining and living rooms.’
      • ‘Besides, she wasn't even sure if she should be even flipping through this book.’
      • ‘I think I glanced at that fact while quickly flipping through some glossy magazine.’
      • ‘I leave Mom who flips through a Family Circle magazine, she looks older then usual.’
      • ‘Mary quickly flipped through the book to a section that listed the symptoms of stigmata.’
      • ‘While I was doing the reading, Patsy sat on a couch across from me, flipping through a magazine.’
      • ‘The vivacious teenager is keen on mastering singing and dancing when her peers are busy flipping through books.’
      • ‘Voracious readers all, they often spend hours at a fair, flipping through each and every book that catches their fancy.’
      • ‘He studied the small book, flipping through the pages.’
      • ‘While Oliver stirred his spoon around the steaming soup, Simon flipped through the book he'd been reading.’
      • ‘I don't get the magazines, but then when you're in a place with them, you immediately go to the magazines and you're flipping through.’
      • ‘Conveniently, the library is on my way home from work, so it's a great place to stop on my way and flip through a book quickly.’
      • ‘I was just flipping through a magazine when I came across this face which reflected so much innocence!’
      • ‘So I'm sitting in a waiting room with my mum, flipping through a fashion magazine, half awake.’
      • ‘I hold my tongue, watching my daughter, who, oblivious to the conversation around her, flips through a coffee table book of photographs chronicling one day in the life of America.’
      • ‘I sat in the chair furthest away from him (one seat away), and he picked up a random magazine and flipped through it.’
      • ‘Summer sat down on the bed and flipped through a magazine.’
      • ‘I flipped through the small book listlessly, scanning the poems passively.’
      • ‘He was flipping through a magazine, appearing remotely bored, though his expression changed upon looking up.’
      leaf through, flick through, run through, skim through, scan, look through, riffle through, browse through, dip into, glance at, glance through, peruse, read quickly, have a quick look at, run one's eye over, give something a once-over, give something the once-over
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Origin

Mid 16th century (as a verb in the sense ‘make a flick with the finger and thumb’): probably a contraction of fillip.

Pronunciation:

flip

/flɪp/

Main definitions of flip in English

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flip2

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A drink of heated, sweetened beer and spirit.

    • ‘While gloggs, grogs, nogs and flips may still have their place on a hot drink menu, today's heated libations are more than just warmed-over versions of old favorites.’
    • ‘He drank glass after glass of flip, until he'd achieved a superb, shimmering calm.’
    1. 1.1
      another term for eggnog

Origin

Late 17th century: perhaps from flip in the sense ‘whip up’.

Pronunciation:

flip

/flɪp/