verb (flops, flopping, flopped)
- 1 [no object] Fall, move, or hang in a heavy, loose, and ungainly way: black hair flopped across his foreheadMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Sit or lie down heavily or suddenly in a specified place, especially when very tired: Liz flopped down into the armchairMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 • informal Rest or sleep in a specified place: I’m going to flop here for the nightMore example sentences
- 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 [no object] • informal (Of a performer or show) be completely unsuccessful; fail totally: prime-time dramas that flopped in the US marketMore example sentences
- 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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- 1A heavy, loose, and ungainly movement, or a sound made by it: they hit the ground with a flopMore example sentences
- 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 flopMore example sentences
- 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.