Definition of flop in English:



  • 1[no object] Fall, move, or hang in a heavy, loose, and ungainly way.

    ‘black hair flopped across his forehead’
    • ‘His black hair is flopping into his eyes and I can see an earring in his ear.’
    • ‘The bandage she had wrapped around her side had come loose and was now flopping wildly below her.’
    • ‘Viv tied it around her wrist so that it flopped around whenever she moved her arm.’
    • ‘He re-tied his dreads in a loose ponytail, which flopped over his left shoulder.’
    • ‘He looked good anyway, with his wet blond hair flopped in his face, just brushing the top of his eyes.’
    • ‘Brellier's chin drops to his chest, his long hair flopping over his features, hiding an apparent embarrassment at the question.’
    • ‘Some of his dark hair flopped onto his forehead and I almost reached out to tuck it back into place.’
    • ‘The arms of the octopuses were still squirming and moving and flopping in every direction.’
    • ‘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 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 had beautiful wavy brown hair that flopped onto his forehead.’
    • ‘He was tall and had brown hair so dark it was almost black, which flopped over his green eyes.’
    • ‘Dark hair flopped messily over his forehead, and he had to keep pushing it out of his light brown eyes.’
    • ‘I looked up to see Brody onstage, his dishevelled dark brown hair flopping across his forehead and both hands hanging onto the microphone.’
    • ‘She looked understandably anxious, her pale face whiter than her greying hair which flopped towards her eyes.’
    • ‘He was wearing his usual black framed glasses, with his hair flopping down to his face.’
    • ‘I walk in, socks sopping, hair flopping, dignity all over the place, and explain my dilemma.’
    • ‘His golden hair flopped onto his forehead and stuck to it, soaking wet.’
    drop, hang limply, hang loosely, dangle, droop, sag, flap, loll
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    1. 1.1Sit or lie down heavily or suddenly in a specified place, especially when very tired.
      ‘Liz flopped down into the armchair’
      • ‘Suddenly exhausted, she flopped down on one of the many chairs that were scattered about Allyson's room.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Katerina laughed at her, trying to break her fall, before flopping down on top of her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That concluded the nights broadcast and Danni exhaled heavily, flopping back onto the bed.’
      • ‘Element moved past her and flopped down on his bed, putting his hands behind his head for relaxation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sighing heavily, he flopped onto his bed and reached for the glove.’
      • ‘Leeann squealed, suddenly flopping into a seat next to them.’
      • ‘I flopped down onto my sleep sack, which was already damp from soaking up moisture from the soil.’
      • ‘Then, with chilled air pouring in down the back of my neck, you flop into your seat, oblivious.’
      • ‘Charlie sighed heavily and flopped down on his bed.’
      • ‘Scarlett sighed heavily and flopped down onto a clear area on Jed's bed.’
      • ‘At last we grew tired and flopped down in the cool grass to watch the clouds.’
      • ‘She flopped back down, tired in a way she hadn't been in a long time.’
      • ‘As he neared the boulders, Joe suddenly flopped to the ground.’
      • ‘And as though summoned by my thought, he flops down into the seat on my left.’
      • ‘I flopped into a reclining seat and realized suddenly that I was sitting right next to Anthony.’
      • ‘Soon, Dai got tired and flopped down, leaning against the counter.’
      • ‘The man fell over backwards flopping to the deck in unconsciousness.’
      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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's far too hot - I'd rather be flopping in the park.’
    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’
      • ‘Why does a team with that much talent feel the need to flop every other play?’
      • ‘Players know flopping works to their advantage so they do it.’
      • ‘Flopping rules are different in the postseason because players aren't warned.’
      • ‘They're going to have to alternate who flops on which 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.’
      • ‘Besides flopping, hustling, and playing good defense, he is also a 3-point specialist.’
      • ‘Golden State's Thompson stoked the tensions before the series when he accused the Clippers' player of flopping.’
      • ‘But you do flop every two plays and you mostly have no reason to argue since most calls go your way, no?’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2informal [no object] (of a performer or show) be completely unsuccessful; fail totally.

    ‘prime-time dramas that flopped in the US market’
    • ‘They have flopped in the majors and their performance in Atlanta was particularly embarrassing.’
    • ‘If the replacement shows flop, the advertiser needs to be made whole.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their portfolios and performance will suffer mightily if this issue is allowed to flop.’
    • ‘The crowds failed to materialise and both show and print flopped.’
    • ‘However, Virgin's flotation flopped and Cruickshank moved into the public sector.’
    • ‘Her career suffered a decline in the 1990s as a number of collaborative projects failed to take off and several films flopped.’
    • ‘He could flop, of course, or fail to deliver on his expansive ambitions.’
    • ‘He was sacked from his radio show and his concerts flopped.’
    • ‘But a good many, if not most, of his shows flop, for reasons I can't comprehend, when I consider quality alone.’
    • ‘I think he knew Dunaway was going to get most of the attention - and, if the show flopped, most of the blame.’
    • ‘In the past, the show became known for clashes between the DJs and for the crowd bottling performers who flopped.’
    • ‘Renamed A Kingdom for a Cow, the show flopped and instantly disappeared.’
    • ‘Then it flopped, failing to capture that notorious off-screen chemistry, as did all her follow up films.’
    • ‘On the pitch he had problems leaving Villa, at Manchester United he flopped with some poor performances.’
    • ‘It is an idea that could flop, and simply move the drop-out bulge from freshman to junior year.’
    • ‘Last year he flopped in the first round and failed to get beyond the second round in 1999 and 1998.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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  • 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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Early 17th century: variant of flap.