Definition of flop in English:
verb (flops, flopping, flopped)[no object]
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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.
- 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.’
early 17th century: variant of flap.
flab from [1950s]:
Flab was formed in the 1950s from the late 17th-century flabby, itself a form of flappy (late 16th century) from Middle English flap, which probably, along with its further variant flop (early 17th century), imitates the sound of something flapping. The slang use be in a flap about something dates from the early 20th century. Flabbergast, first mentioned in 1772 as a new piece of fashionable slang and probably an arbitrary invention, may have been modelled on flabby. Flaccid (early 17th century) comes from flaccus, the Latin for ‘flabby’.
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