Definition of flop in English:

flop

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Pronunciation: /flɒp
 
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verb (flops, flopping, flopped)

[no object]
1 [with adverbial] Fall, move, or hang in a loose and ungainly way: his blond hair flopped over his eyes
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  • I looked up to see Brody onstage, his dishevelled dark brown hair flopping across his forehead and both hands hanging onto the microphone.
  • His black hair is flopping into his eyes and I can see an earring in his ear.
  • His dark brown, nearly black hair flopped over one eyebrow as he smiled crookedly, a smile girls back in Sanorn had once loved.
Synonyms
hang (down), drop, hang loosely/limply, dangle, droop, sag, flap, loll
1.1Sit or lie down heavily and suddenly, especially when very tired: Liz flopped down into the armchair
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  • 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.
  • That concluded the nights broadcast and Danni exhaled heavily, flopping back onto the bed.
Synonyms
collapse, slump, crumple, subside, sink, drop, fall, tumble
1.2 informal Rest or sleep in a specified place: I’m going to flop here for the night
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  • 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.
  • He flopped underneath a clump of trees and slept exhausted.
2 informal (Of a performer or show) be completely unsuccessful; fail totally: the show flopped in London
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  • Renamed A Kingdom for a Cow, the show flopped and instantly disappeared.
  • I think he knew Dunaway was going to get most of the attention - and, if the show flopped, most of the blame.
  • But a good many, if not most, of his shows flop, for reasons I can't comprehend, when I consider quality alone.
Synonyms
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
informal bomb, bellyflop, fold, flatline, go to the wall, come a cropper, go down like a lead balloon, bite the dust, blow up in someone's face
North American informal tank

noun

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1A heavy, loose, and ungainly movement, or a sound made by it: they hit the ground with a flop
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  • Suddenly, with a sickening slush and smell, the contents came free, sliding to the ground with a dull 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.
2 informal A total failure: the play had been a flop
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  • It pulls out all the stops to try to wipe her slate clean, to obliterate the flops and the failures of recent years.
  • 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.
  • She had boyfriends and lovers, but later admitted: ‘I've been a total flop with men.’
Synonyms
failure, disaster, debacle, catastrophe, loser; Britishdamp squib
informal flopperoo, washout, also-ran, bellyflop, dud, dog, lemon, lead balloon, no-hoper, no-go, non-starter, fail
North Americanclinker
3 informal , chiefly US A cheap place to sleep.
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  • At the flops, the bums all eat the same thing.
  • 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?

Origin

early 17th century: variant of flap.

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