One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A complete failure, especially with theatre, cinema, or TV audiences or critics.
failure, disaster, debacle, catastrophe, loserView synonyms
- ‘The most significant portent for them may not be their stupendous flopperoo in the California special election.’
- ‘There was a decent audience for once, as so far this show has been a gigantic flopperoo.’
- ‘The film was blamed for at least a dozen heart attacks and is still rated by many as the scariest film ever made, despite critics deeming it a ‘flopperoo’ at the time.’
- ‘But, as we all know, it is another flopperoo for him.’
1930s: from the verb flop + -eroo, suffix in the sense ‘large, unexpected’.
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