Definition of flop in English:

flop

verb

  • 1with adverbial Fall, move, or hang in a heavy, loose, and ungainly way.

    ‘black hair flopped across his forehead’
    • ‘I looked up to see Brody onstage, his dishevelled dark brown hair flopping across his forehead and both hands hanging onto the microphone.’
    • ‘His hair flops into his eyes as he runs, muscle and skin moving effortlessly.’
    • ‘His hair flops, his suit sparkles, his shirt glitters.’
    • ‘His dark brown, nearly black hair flopped over one eyebrow as he smiled crookedly, a smile girls back in Sanorn had once loved.’
    • ‘He was tall and had brown hair so dark it was almost black, which flopped over his green eyes.’
    • ‘He had beautiful wavy brown hair that flopped onto his forehead.’
    • ‘He was wearing his usual black framed glasses, with his hair flopping down to his face.’
    • ‘The arms of the octopuses were still squirming and moving and flopping in every direction.’
    • ‘Dark hair flopped messily over his forehead, and he had to keep pushing it out of his light brown eyes.’
    • ‘I walk in, socks sopping, hair flopping, dignity all over the place, and explain my dilemma.’
    • ‘He re-tied his dreads in a loose ponytail, which flopped over his left shoulder.’
    • ‘His black hair is flopping into his eyes and I can see an earring in his ear.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His golden hair flopped onto his forehead and stuck to it, soaking wet.’
    • ‘Viv tied it around her wrist so that it flopped around whenever she moved her arm.’
    • ‘Brellier's chin drops to his chest, his long hair flopping over his features, hiding an apparent embarrassment at the question.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some of his dark hair flopped onto his forehead and I almost reached out to tuck it back into place.’
    • ‘The bandage she had wrapped around her side had come loose and was now flopping wildly below her.’
    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 or suddenly in a specified place, especially when very tired.
      ‘Liz flopped down into the armchair’
      • ‘As he neared the boulders, Joe suddenly flopped to the ground.’
      • ‘The man fell over backwards flopping to the deck in unconsciousness.’
      • ‘Charlie sighed heavily and flopped down on his bed.’
      • ‘At last we grew tired and flopped down in the cool grass to watch the clouds.’
      • ‘That concluded the nights broadcast and Danni exhaled heavily, flopping back onto the bed.’
      • ‘Sighing heavily, he flopped onto his bed and reached for the glove.’
      • ‘Soon, Dai got tired and flopped down, leaning against the counter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I flopped into a reclining seat and realized suddenly that I was sitting right next to Anthony.’
      • ‘Then, with chilled air pouring in down the back of my neck, you flop into your seat, oblivious.’
      • ‘Scarlett sighed heavily and flopped down onto a clear area on Jed's bed.’
      • ‘Suddenly exhausted, she flopped down on one of the many chairs that were scattered about Allyson's room.’
      • ‘Element moved past her and flopped down on his bed, putting his hands behind his head for relaxation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Leeann squealed, suddenly flopping into a seat next to them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Katerina laughed at her, trying to break her fall, before flopping down on top of her.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's far too hot - I'd rather be flopping in the park.’
      • ‘He flopped underneath a clump of trees and slept exhausted.’
    3. 1.3Basketball informal Deliberately fall or stumble in order to give the appearance of being fouled by an opponent.
      ‘nearly everyone watching the game in Chicago believed James flopped’
      ‘the league introduced a system to penalize flopping’
      • ‘Besides flopping, hustling, and playing good defense, he is also a 3-point specialist.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But you do flop every two plays and you mostly have no reason to argue since most calls go your way, no?’
      • ‘Flopping rules are different in the postseason because players aren't warned.’
      • ‘They're going to have to alternate who flops on which play.’
      • ‘Golden State's Thompson stoked the tensions before the series when he accused the Clippers' player of flopping.’
      • ‘Players know flopping works to their advantage so they do it.’
      • ‘Why does a team with that much talent feel the need to flop every other play?’
      • ‘If he flops (by the league's standards) a second time he gets a $5,000 fine.’
      • ‘The problem is they spent too much time teaching him to flop in practice.’
  • 2informal no object (of a performer or show) be completely unsuccessful; fail totally.

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

/flɑp//fläp/