There are 2 definitions of flip in English:


Syllabification: flip
Pronunciation: /flip

verb (flips, flipping, flipped)

1Turn over or cause to turn over with a sudden sharp movement: [with object]: the yacht was flipped by a huge wave [no object]: the plane flipped over and then exploded
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  • It is understood that the accident happened as the car negotiated a bend and the vehicle flipped over several times.
  • The bus flipped over several times, before coming to rest on its side.
  • In his rush, he flipped over through the window, my hand still clutching the rope that was around his neck.
overturn, turn over, tip over, roll (over), upturn, capsize; upend, invert, knock over; keel over, topple over, turn turtle
archaic overset
2 [with object] Move, push, or throw (something) with a sudden sharp movement: she flipped off her dark glasses she flipped a few coins onto the bar
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  • He warmed up for a while, doing little dance moves, occasionally flipping his leg over the fire hydrant, just singing the same damn line.
  • He compensated by flipping his wrists, pushing the ball short and right.
  • He flipped it open, pushing a button before setting the phone down on the edge of the sink.
throw, flick, toss, fling, sling, pitch, cast, spin, lob
informal chuck
dated shy
2.1Turn (an electrical appliance or switch) on or off: he flipped a switch and the front door opened
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  • After all those years of light and teaching enlightenment to others, it was all gone, as if a switch had been flipped off.
  • Instead, plug electronics into a power strip, and then flip the off switch when you're not using your appliances.
  • 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.
flick, click, snap
2.2Toss (a coin) to decide an issue: given those odds, one may as well flip a coin [no object]: you want to flip for it?
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  • 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.
  • During jury selection, he flipped a coin to decide whether a potential juror should be seated on the panel.
  • We flipped a coin to decide who had to get dressed and deal with him.
3 [no object] informal Suddenly lose control or become very angry: he had clearly flipped under the pressure
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  • Luke and I look at each other and think it strange that she's clearly flipping out over someone brushing against her bag.
  • 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.
  • You were fine one minute, and suddenly you just flipped out.
3.1Suddenly become very enthusiastic: I walked into a store, saw the guitar on the wall, and just flipped
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  • But, if they liked the first then they positively flipped over this one!
4 [with object] Buy and sell (something, especially real estate or shares) quickly to make a profit: within one week of starting I flipped a property for a quick $3,000 profit
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  • The 72-year-old financier has been churning chief executives with the gusto of a day trader flipping shares.
  • If you are buying only to flip the property quickly, you need to be absolutely certain the salesmen really deliver what they say.
  • 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.
5 [no object] informal Become an informer: when he was taken in by the investigators, he flipped immediately
5.1 [with object] Persuade to become an informer: the prosecutors won’t be able to flip any witnesses to testify against the ex-CEO


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1A sudden sharp movement: the fish made little leaps and flips
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  • His heart gave a sudden jump and his stomach made flips and turns, making him sick.
  • The competition promises to amaze onlookers with daring flips, turns and jumps - all done at top speed!
  • He walked slowly towards the door and with a sudden flip of his hand, a metal disk appeared.
1.1 (a flip through) A quick look or search through a volume or a collection of papers: a quick flip through my cookbooks
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  • Again, Yuen was full of doubt, hesitant, he took a quick flip through the book.
  • When thinking about solutions, a quick flip through this book should help get ideas flowing.
  • A quick flip through the Yellow Pages revealed a variety of advertising slogans.
thumb (through), leaf through, flip through, skim through, scan, look through, browse through, dip into, glance at/through, peruse, run one's eye over
2British informal A quick tour or pleasure trip: I did a flip round the post-show party
[derived from an earlier sense 'short flight in an aircraft']


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Glib; flippant: he couldn’t get away with flip, funny conversation
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  • 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.
  • There is nothing flip or carefree about these individuals.
  • 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.


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Used to express mild annoyance.
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  • Oh flip - Is it that time again?
  • Oh flip! I need to get some stuff off my chest.


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


flip one's lid (or one's wig)

informal Suddenly become deranged or lose one’s self-control.
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  • He flipped his lid and told her to get a job because he won't be supporting her anymore.
  • This isn't the only reason why I think he's flipped his lid but it sure contributes to the overall impression.

Phrasal verbs

flip through

Look or search quickly through (a volume or a collection of papers): just flip through the phone book and pick a lawyer
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  • He'd been flipping through papers and now seemed to be searching for something.
  • His wife claimed his seat and started to flip through the paper while he wrapped up his sleeves and searched for the dishbrush in the cupboard under the sink.
  • The search engine flips through the copy of its known world, presenting a cross-section of all knowledge within its reach, regardless of its cultural weight.
thumb (through), leaf through, flick through, skim through, scan, look through, browse through, glance at/through, peruse, run one's eye over

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There are 2 definitions of flip in English:


Syllabification: flip
Pronunciation: /


another term for eggnog.
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  • He drank glass after glass of flip, until he'd achieved a superb, shimmering calm.
  • 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.


late 17th century: perhaps from flip1 in the sense 'whip up'.

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