There are 2 definitions of flip in English:

flip1

Syllabification: flip
Pronunciation: /flip
 
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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.
    Synonyms
    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.
    Synonyms
    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.
    Synonyms
    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

noun

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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.
    Synonyms
    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']

adjective

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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.

Phrases

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.
Synonyms
thumb (through), leaf through, flick through, skim through, scan, look through, browse through, glance at/through, peruse, run one's eye over

Origin

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

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There are 2 definitions of flip in English:

flip2

Syllabification: flip
Pronunciation: /
 
flip/

noun

  • 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.

Origin

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

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