• 1A heavy, loose, and ungainly movement, or a sound made by it.

    ‘they hit the ground with a flop’
    • ‘They dropped a rope ladder that fell with a flop all the way to the ground.’
    • ‘If she kept him far enough away, she thought grimly, ignoring the flops of her stomach every time she heard a step, she had a slightly larger chance of surviving.’
    • ‘Suddenly, with a sickening slush and smell, the contents came free, sliding to the ground with a dull flop.’
    1. 1.1US informal
      short for flophouse
      • ‘He hadn't been out of the flop in three weeks except to go to a corner store and buy food.’
      • ‘Do you have a flop for the night?’
      • ‘At the flops, the bums all eat the same thing.’
  • 2informal A total failure.

    ‘the play had been a flop’
    • ‘It was fortunate for them that both shared a profound interest in Astronomy, or the project would have been a total flop.’
    • ‘The meeting lasted for three weeks, almost bankrupted the French treasury and - guess what - was a total flop.’
    • ‘However, it was a commercial flop - few people turned up because of poor publicity and freezing weather.’
    • ‘She had boyfriends and lovers, but later admitted: ‘I've been a total flop with men.’’
    • ‘He, being weak, was a total flop at sports and athletics, so he was all the jocks' favorite victim.’
    • ‘That's an oversimplification, to be sure, but Dobbs' failure to meet audience expectations certainly contributed to the flop.’
    • ‘As far as a show of bombastic masculine bravura was concerned, this was a total flop.’
    • ‘They don't want to have their photos in the paper in case it turns out to be a controversial flop.’
    • ‘Sadly, the rest of this $115m flop is far less memorable.’
    • ‘It pulls out all the stops to try to wipe her slate clean, to obliterate the flops and the failures of recent years.’
    • ‘A plan to import bicycles from Azerbaijan was a total flop.’
    • ‘But this turned out to be a flop in Italy and has fared little better elsewhere.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly it was a total flop, proof that critics and audiences had finally called time on the Broadway musical.’
    • ‘It might be a total flop, or it would be more popular.’
    • ‘This is a technically accurate film that had some really bad, wooden acting and it was a box office flop.’
    • ‘I mean, what if we all pick one that is a total flop?’
    • ‘This is not to say that he is a total flop.’
    • ‘What could be worse than to have your name automatically associated with an epic flop, even if you weren't responsible for its failure?’
    • ‘You have some scenarios where it doesn't work out and then again, you have some players who stay in school for four years, come into the NBA and are a total flop.’
    • ‘And to the chagrin of Danish film boosters and patriots, they all turned out to be relative flops.’
    failure, disaster, debacle, catastrophe, loser
    damp squib
    flopperoo, washout, also-ran, bellyflop, dud, dog, lemon, lead balloon, no-hoper, no-go, non-starter, fail
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