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 explodedMore 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] Move, push, or throw (something) with a sudden sharp movement: she flipped off her dark glasses she flipped a few coins onto 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.
- 2.1Turn (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.
- 2.2Toss (a coin) to decide an issue: given those odds, one may as well flip a coin [no object]: you want to flip for it?More 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 real estate or shares) quickly to make a profit: within one week of starting I flipped a property for a quick $3,000 profitMore 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 sharp 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 or search through a volume or a collection of papers: a quick flip through my cookbooksMore 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; 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.
flip one's lid (or one's wig)
- • informal Suddenly become deranged or lose one’s self-control.More example sentences
- 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.
- Look or search quickly through (a volume or a collection of papers): just flip through the phone book and pick a lawyerMore example sentences
- 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.
mid 16th century (as a verb in the sense 'make a flick with the finger and thumb'): probably a contraction of fillip.
late 17th century: perhaps from flip1 in the sense 'whip up'.