verb (flips, flipping, flipped)
- 1Turn over or cause to turn over with a sudden quick movement: [no object]: the plane flipped over and then exploded [with object]: the six-foot wave flipped the dinghy overMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 [with object and adverbial] Move, push, or throw (something) with a sudden quick movement: she flipped off her dark glasses she flipped a few coins on to the barMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1 [with object] Turn (an electrical appliance or switch) on or off: he flipped a switch and the front door openedMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2 [with object] Toss (a coin) to decide an issue: given those odds one might as well flip a coinMore example sentences
- 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 pressureMore example sentences
- 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 flippedMore example sentences
- But, if they liked the first then they positively flipped over this one!
- 4 [with object] Buy and sell (something, especially shares or property) quickly in order to make a profit: individual investors often flip the shares they buy within days, even hoursMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 1A sudden quick movement: the fish made little leaps and flipsMore example sentences
- 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 through a book, magazine, etc.: a quick flip through my cookery booksMore example sentences
- 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.
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- Glib or flippant: he couldn’t get away with flip, funny conversationMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- Oh flip - Is it that time again?
- Oh flip! I need to get some stuff off my chest.
- North American • informal Work as a cook in a fast-food restaurant.More example sentences
- Upon graduating from university, I took a job flipping burgers at a Canadian fast food chain called Lick's.
- I mean, do you know how much more they get per hour than someone who flips burgers at Burger King?
- I don't think anyone ever really thought about the independence of our country while they were flipping burgers or doing cannonballs into the pool or singing Jimmy Rosselli songs with their grandfather, drunk on his wine.
flip one's lid (or chiefly North American one's wig)
- • informal Suddenly lose control or become very angry.More example sentences
- Are they afraid to admit that their only leader has flipped his wig?
- At one point, Bicke flips his wig and begins screaming at the televised image of Nixon, ‘It's all about money, Dick!’
- If you read Dirtbike Manifesto first, however, and discover The Couriers at a later date, you'll probably flip your wig.
- Look quickly through (a book, magazine, etc.): McLeish flipped through his notesMore example sentences
- I think I glanced at that fact while quickly flipping through some glossy magazine.
- Conveniently, the library is on my way home from work, so it's a great place to stop on my way and flip through a book quickly.
- Mary quickly flipped through the book to a section that listed the symptoms of stigmata.
mid 16th century (as a verb in the sense 'make a flick with the finger and thumb'): probably a contraction of fillip.
- 1A drink of heated, sweetened beer and spirit.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 another term for eggnog.
late 17th century: perhaps from flip1 in the sense 'whip up'.